Syfy’s new time-traveling thriller 12 Monkeys will quickly differentiate itself from the 1995 film on which it is based by actually giving hope for the future.
The series stars Nikita’s Aaron Stanford as time traveler James Cole, who hails from a decimated future and journeys back to present day in a bid to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will pretty much annihilate the human race in 2017.
The catalyst for heading to the past comes after a team of scientists uncovers a message from virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) seemingly warning them that Dr. Leland Goines (Željko Ivanek) is to blame for their dystopian future. Of course, not all is what it seems when it comes to time traveling, so Cole is forced to team up with Railly and seek the help of mental patient Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire)—yes, she’s related to the seemingly bad guy, and yes, she’s crazy because of events connecting to the eventual end of the world—who believes a group called the Army of the 12 Monkeys are to blame for the virus that goes on to claim most of humanity.
How does this all differ from the film? Well, when Bruce Willis attempted to change the past, he was always destined to fail as the movie explored themes of being unable to change your fate. On the series, however, things can and will change, which offers up a glimmer of hope that Cole’s mission isn’t all for naught. To get the scoop on the new series, EW sat down with executive producer Natalie Chaidez:
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