Syfy close to order on '12 Monkeys' adaptation, developing 'Oz' miniseries

It’s been a busy day at Syfy HQ.

First up, EW has confirmed a report that the network is close to greenlighting an adaptation of 12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam’s 1995 sci-fi feature starring Bruce Willis. Chick Roven and Richard Suckle, who produced the original film, are reportedly on board the new project, which was pitched as a 90-minute backdoor pilot that would act as the lead-in to the series. Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Madeleine Stowe starred in the original film about a convicted felon (Willis), who attempts to earn a pardon by doing recon for the government via time travel.

Elsewhere, EW has also confirmed that Syfy has its eye on a Wizard of Oz-based miniseries from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter director Timur Bekmambetov. The project, titled Warriors Of Oz, is said to be about a warrior in the present-day who is transported to a post-apocalyptic future (Oz) where he teams up with three other warriors — Heartless, Brainless, and Coward — to defeat the evil Wizard who has enslaved the land.

These projects and more will likely be topics brought up by the network heads during the upcoming annual Television Critics Association tour, which starts Wednesday in Los Angeles and runs for two weeks.

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