Filmmaker Taika Waititi is developing a possible series for Apple based on Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy adventure, Time Bandits. Apple, like a number of companies, is in the midst of developing original series that can compete with the content offered by other streaming services. They haven't been afraid to reach out to some big name talent to produce these potential shows, either. In fact, at the moment, they've got M. Night Shyamalan, Justin Lin, and Damien Chazelle actively working on original TV series. Meanwhile, superhero movie actors like Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, and Chris Evans have all committed to starring in shows for Apple.
Waititi, as it were, has already joined the growing collection of storytellers who've worked and/or are currently working on a streaming series. The Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows director recently called the shots on an episode of the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, which will premiere on the Disney Plus streaming service when it launches this fall. It appears that Waititi enjoyed the experience and is now lending his services to another streaming series altogether.
The Wrap is reporting that Waititi is set to co-write and direct the pilot episode for a potential Time Bandits series from Apple. The series is being co-produced by MRC and, should it move forward, will count Waititi and Gilliam himself among its executive producers. It's not the only upcoming show that the filmmaker is producing either, as he's also backing FX's What We Do in the Shadows TV series. The latter is scheduled to premiere later this month.
Gilliam's Time Bandits followed the adventures of a young boy and history buff, Kevin, who goes on a sweeping misadventure with six dwarves who used to work for the Supreme Being, but have since taken to robbing people and stealing treasures from throughout history, with the aid of the Being's map of the time-space continuum. Waititi himself is far from a stranger to stories about either eccentric characters venturing across the universe (Ragnarok) or kids getting up to various hijinks with bearded weirdos (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), and one can see how a Time Bandits adaptation could be something that he's interested in. Apple picked up the TV rights to Gilliam's movie last summer, so they've clearly been taking their time to find someone that they feel is the right match for the material here, creatively-speaking.
With Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon all rapidly developing more original material and newer streamers like CBS All-Access and DC Universe in the midst of expanding their content libraries, it'll be interesting to see if Apple can catch up to the rest of the crowd. Their competitors have a significant head-start at the moment but, again, Apple seems to be pretty serious about keeping up in the ongoing streaming wars. A Time Bandits TV show engineered by Taika Waititi should only help their cause, in that respect.
Source: The Wrap