Apple is closing a deal for the rights to turn Terry Gilliam’s zany fantasy film Time Bandits into a TV series.
Released in 1980, Time Bandits is a darkly comic adventure about imagination, bravery and the nature of dreams. The story follows the time-travelling adventures of 11-year-old history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock), who stumbles on six dwarves one night when they emerge from his closet.
Former workers of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson) they have stolen a map that charts all the holes in the fabric space-time, using it to move from one historical era to the next to steal riches. Through the film, they meet various historical and fictional characters, from Napoleon Bonaparte (Ian Holm) and Robin Hood (John Cleese), all while the Supreme Being tries to catch them and retrieve the map.
Time Bandits was originally made by Handmade Films, headed up by Beatles guitarist George Harrison and Denis O’Brien, that began with Gilliam and his fellow Monty Python members in the 1979 film Life of Brian.
Now, however, the Apple series will be developed as a co-production between Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and Media Rights Capital, with Gilliam also on board as a non-writing executive producer.