Originally Posted by VisionOn
In the movie Cole was a man driven crazy by his random time travel to the point were the viewers were unsure if he was just a deluded lunatic. That worked because Willis gave a great unhinged performance and Gilliam's style informed the insanity. Are they going to keep that or swap it out for a generic pretty boy macho lead?
Not to mention the plot of the movie wasn't to change the future, it was to find the source and report back so the existing future could be improved. That in itself was a step up from the usual time travel cliches, especially since it stuck to the time travel rule that the past has already happened and the future cannot be changed.This has all the hallmarks of a desperate lack of originality from Syfy that will be extremely dumbed down to be an action show set in the present day
What some may not know or care about is that the inspiration of 12 Monkeys is the short French-made film La Jetee http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Jet%C3%A9e
I have seen both & own both. Le Jette can be found on a Criterion BD release. the whole "film" is a series of haunting still photos with a eerie kind of narration telling the story. well worth the 25 -30 min to watch it. you'll see where the ideas behind 12 Monkeys came from.
in La Jetee, the apocalypse is nuclear war instead of virus plague. what made the endings of both films so haunting and startling was not the fact the "Cole" character dies but that he sees himself die in a time paradox. and the ultimate irony of 12 Monkeys is the person who unleashes the virus is sitting next to one of the people who is trying to find a cure in the future. the story all comes down to this paradox & irony. IMO, the so-called "unanswered questions" are totally irrelevant to the power of the story.
and a series that tries to answer them will only degrade the films' experience or meaning to a viewer. it would be like making a TV series about 2001 Space Odyssey
you couldn't do that w/o destroying the experience & meaning of the film. and before someone reminds me of 2010, from Clarke's sequel, while it was entertaining, it paled by comparison with the vision of the original. the same will probably happen here.
IMHO, to take this hauntingly beautiful vision (both versions) and turn it into a normal TV series where this becomes just another Time Tunnel or Quantum Leap is an insult to the original concept & cheapens it. it also shows the lack of originality at SyFy is coming up with a new story line on their own...that they have to piggyback on a successful SF film.
I'm not opposed to taking a SF film, or any film, and making it into a series but in this case, a series has great potential to destroy what made the film so haunting to a viewer. I keep using the word haunting because I can't think of another that better describes what I felt at the end in both films. it was eerie, sad and wow at the same time.
no doubt, I'll give the show a try
but I have serious doubts SyFy will stay true to the vision of the film and it will end up being a knock-off, dumbed down SF actioner for the "masses".