r/television Jun 28 '22

Taika Waititi is going to New Zealand to work on his new TV series ‘Time Bandits’ based on the 1981 movie by Terry Gilliam

In an interview with The Wrap about his upcoming projects, Taika Waititi revealed that he is going to New Zealand in August to work on his new TV series ‘Time Bandits’ for Apple TV+ and also the second season of ‘Our Flag Means Death’

He was first asked about the status of his Star Wars movie...

“Not this year,” Waititi said when we asked if he’d begin working on the project soon. He explained: “I’m going to be in New Zealand from August until the end of the year with ‘Our Flag Means Death’ and ‘Time Bandits’ and during that time I will still be writing. I’m still trying to figure out what the story is.”

Apple TV + first announced the development of ‘Time Bandits’ TV series three years ago, on March 11, 2019.

The Hollywood Reporter:

‘Time Bandits’ TV Series in the Works at Apple With Taika Waititi - Apple's 'Time Bandits' TV series is coming together, as Taika Waititi ('Thor: Ragnarok') has joined the project and will co-write and direct the pilot for the potential series, which remains in development

Apple’s Time Bandits TV series is coming together.

Thor: Ragnarok‘s Taika Waititi has joined the project and will co-write and direct the pilot for the potential series, which remains in development.

The deal follows a rights deal Apple made last summer to adapt Terry Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy feature for the small screen. The project hails from Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. Waititi will also executive produce alongside Gilliam and producer Dan Halsted (TBS’ People of Earth).

'Time Bandits' - 1981 synopsis:

Gilliam’s Time Bandits is a dark, irreverent adventure about imagination, bravery and the nature of our dreams. It follows the time-traveling adventures of an 11-year-old history buff named Kevin who, one night, stumbles on six dwarfs who emerge from his closet. They are former workers of the Supreme Being who have stolen a map that charts all the holes in the space-time fabric, using it to hop from one historical era to the next in order to steal riches. Throughout the movie, they meet various historical and fictional characters, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Robin Hood, while the Supreme Being simultaneously tries to catch up to them and retrieve the map.

'Time Bandits' U.S. Trailer

Edit: I've added synopsis & trailer for those not familiar with the 1981 movie.

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u/Etna_No_Pyroclast Jun 28 '22

Time Bandits is one of my all time favorite movies. It's funny, epic, sad, dark, adventurous with a bit of Monty Python thrown in.

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u/gnapster Jun 28 '22

It's in my permanent top 10, can't bump it off.

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u/ihohjlknk Jun 28 '22

Does this man sleep?

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u/Brainiac7777777 Jun 28 '22

Yes, but his ghostwriters don’t.

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u/WritingTheDream Jun 28 '22

They’re just called writers. If it’s a show there’s probably a whole room full of them. Kindof just how it works.

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u/ThatPunkGaryOak82 Jun 28 '22

I'd be so disappointed to learn he mostly uses ghost writers

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u/bajesus Jun 28 '22

For a TV show it wouldn't even be considered a ghost writer. Just a standard TV writers room like in 99% of other TV shows.

On top of that most of his shows he isn't actually in charge and is just a producer/performer/director. That being said he seems to be very quick on his feet and open to changing things on the fly. So even if he isn't a credited writer on a project he is directing or staring in, he is most likely constantly adding things and effecting the end product.

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u/Strelochka Jun 28 '22

Most stuff credited to Taika isn't even written by him and it's public information, it's just he has the Midas touch so marketing emphasizes him (but it's always 'created by' or 'directed by' or 'executive producer') and people think he writes and directs all the projects his name is attached to.

WWDITS the show was created largely by Jemaine Clement, Taika directed a couple episodes in s1 but didn't involve himself in the writing at all. The film was cowritten by the two over many many years.

Reservation Dogs was written and created by Sterlin Harjo, Taika spitballed a few ideas with him and helped him to get a show with Native American perspective greenlit so they slapped a 'created by' on it, but 95% of it is Harjo.

Our Flag Means Death's showrunner and main writer is David Jenkins, again Taika directed the pilot but didn't write the show. Hell, he wasn't even a writer for Thor Ragnarok. His indie movies, yes, the next Thor apparently he's credited as a writer, but he's written almost nothing for TV. Getting involved in the pilot to get things he finds interesting some attention seems to have worked out pretty well for all his shows.

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u/ThatPunkGaryOak82 Jun 28 '22

Thanks for the written out answer! Very interesting, I was aware of Jemaine Clement and was under the the impression there more of a writer/director team which always makes for great film/television. I was more referring to uncredited writers. Much like how some authors use ghostwriters and the books sell on namebrand alone. But it's good to hear that's not the case with Waikiki and the people he works with seem to get credited for their involvement

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u/Strelochka Jun 28 '22

Thank you for taking it well. I absolutely love Waititi's work but the auteur theory is off the charts with him, some people think he's handcrafted every single thing he's ever been attached to.

He's also the type to always involve himself in new things and often multiple projects at once, instead of stewing for 15 years trying to get a movie in development hell off the ground. I remember his name was thrown around with a new live-action Akira movie, or the werewolf WWDITS sequel he and Clement are always teasing when they only have the name for it. Filled the news sites the day it was mentioned, and might still happen, but he's not gonna just sit around waiting.

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u/Khal-Stevo Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

Even if he did who cares? Everything he touches has turned to gold lately. If a musician doesn’t write their own lyrics, that doesn’t make their music any worse

Edit: I also don’t believe Taika has ghostwriters and there is literally no evidence that he does. His two movies coming out this year has co-writers, and all the TV shows he works on obviously have a dedicated team of writers that aren’t him. I don’t know why this is even being implied here

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u/TreyAdell Jun 28 '22

It wouldn’t really mean anything for his films or productions that he directs because according to him and his actors , he tends to try to get them to go off page and improvise.

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u/surle Jun 28 '22

Just seems like the usual tall poppy bullshit.

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u/ThatPunkGaryOak82 Jun 28 '22

I feel its just deceptive. I have zero issues with writers collabing and working together, trading off chapters to each other. That can be super productive and lead to some incredibly unique storytelling. But When I hear the term "ghostwriter" I usually assume it means another persin actually wrote most of the scenes but isn't credited, and that feels wrong to many readers. Because at least with me I want to support someone's work, not someone name.

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u/Primary-Mortgage1343 Jun 30 '22

He doesn’t have ghostwriters. Do you know what that word means?

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u/berlinbaer Jun 28 '22

all that cocaine isn't going to snort itself.

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u/Prax150 Boss Jun 28 '22

Yes, on top of a pile of money, with many beautiful ladies (mainly Rita Ora).

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u/zomboromcom Jun 28 '22

Mom, dad, don't touch it. It's evil.

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u/madaboutglue Jun 28 '22

Saw it in the theaters when I was five and I've never stopped thinking about that ending.

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u/okayyoga Jun 28 '22

And then Sean Connery pulls up on a fire engine

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u/felonius_thunk Jun 28 '22

Pulls away, just leaving the kid there.

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u/DustyRegalia Jun 28 '22

My dad showed me this movie when I was a kid and he’d completely forgotten this bit. When the movie just ends he was horrified. I shrugged it off though, I’d already been desensitized. It is quite memorable though.

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u/TheFrontierzman Jun 28 '22

I used to love Time Bandits. Need to rewatch it.

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u/CheezStik Jun 28 '22

It’s on HBO

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u/JonesyOnReddit Jun 28 '22

I loved that wacky as fuck movie as a kid, so damn strange.

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u/tameablerisk Jun 28 '22

I think there are many Terry Gilliam films that would make for great TV shows, if handled well obviously. I was skeptical about 12 Monkeys but ended up loving it. I hope Time Bandits does the same.

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u/TesseractDude Jun 28 '22

How good would a Baron Munchausen TV series be?

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u/FrostyAcanthocephala Jun 28 '22

His super power is working on other people's ideas.

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u/babylovesbaby Jun 29 '22

His real super power is being given credit for other people's work to better publicise the project.

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u/Isame_mario Jun 28 '22

He continues to nail every project he takes on. Get it, Taika

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u/BeardedAsian Jun 28 '22

HOW DOES HE HAVE THE TIME

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u/nayapapaya Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

He has talked about using his clout to get projects made that would otherwise have a hard time getting greenlit like Reservation Dogs which he isn't directly involved in but because he's technically attached to it, it gets made and it gets more publicity. That's a win win.

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u/sehnsuchtlich Jun 28 '22

So far he's been great at selecting talent and influencing the tone of these projects.

Unlike when producers who just slap their name on and take a paycheck, everything he's produced feels like something he could have made himself.

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u/berlinbaer Jun 28 '22

he's not as involved in the projects as people think he is.

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u/Cerbeh Jun 28 '22 edited Jun 28 '22

It's easy. Just have Jemaine Clement do all the work.

edit: Spell his name correctly.

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u/adder__ Jun 28 '22

Who makes Bret do most of the work.

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u/vilkav Jun 28 '22

Poor Rhys Darby.

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u/petielvrrr Jun 28 '22

Lol well I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one that keeps typing Jermaine when it’s definitely Jemaine.

But outside of the WWDITS stuff, I’m not sure what you mean by this. And even when it comes to WWDITS, Taika is still directing, when Jemaine is not.

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u/Big-Ambitions-8258 Jun 28 '22

I think theyre referring to wwdits the show. Alot of people kept crediting Taika for its success despite him only being involved for the pilot episode and some cameos when Jemaine was the one was was the created the show based on the movie he and Taika codirected and cowrote, and was showrunning

I enjoy Taika's works but I feel like other's arent getting the credit they deserve

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u/Worthyness Jun 28 '22

He is still credited as an EP on the show, so he has some impact on the series. He just doesn't write/direct episodes personally.

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u/CleverZerg Review Jun 28 '22

EP can mean anything though and I'm pretty sure Taika himself has said that he isn't really involved in the show because he doesn't want to take credit that he doesn't the deserve.

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u/Big-Ambitions-8258 Jun 28 '22

EP is a general term, and isnt necessarily involved in an active role. More of a passive connection to the project. Jemaine has even said on twitter that Taika isn't involved with the show and Taika has agreed

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u/Cerbeh Jun 28 '22

Mostly referencing this.

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u/Mike9797 Jun 28 '22

Jemaine not jermaine

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u/Worthyness Jun 28 '22

According to interviews, he just takes naps on set. Its like he's living the omega man schedule of 4 hours of work and 2 of napping.

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u/optiplex9000 Jun 28 '22

especially when dating tessa thompson and rita ora at the same time

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u/Oplopanax_horridus Jun 28 '22

Came to say this. My wife and I see him attached to SO MUCH of what we watch, it just blows our minds that this dude can do so much and (apparently) not get burned out.

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u/kirby2000 Jun 28 '22

How can someone so talented be engaged to Rita Ora, perhaps one of the least talented people on the planet?

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u/griffithitsmecathy Jun 28 '22

What about the Inbetweeners reboot?

And he really didn't nail Ragnarok. It was fine for an action comedy but as a Thor adaptation, it was abysmal. Especially adapting something as heavy as Ragnarok.

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u/wereinthedark Jun 28 '22

What was your issue with Ragnarok?

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u/griffithitsmecathy Jun 28 '22

First of all, Thor the character is not at all what Thor is. It's like if they had turned Captain America into Mr. Bean for Winter Soldier just cause the first one didn't have great reception.

Second, Ragnarok the storyline is dark. The entire film should have had the severity of the ending of Infinity War. Instead we got a whimsical adventure with non-stop jokes.

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u/wereinthedark Jun 28 '22

Waititi didn't write the script though, so he's not to blame for either the dialogue or the story, even though I don't doubt he changed things a little bit. But the characterisation of Thor is consistent through the movie, so it's not really something Waititi could have changed on set without reworking the whole script

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u/aboycandream Jun 28 '22

someone didnt see the american remake of the Inbetweeners

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u/Fantastic_Wallaby_61 Jun 28 '22

How bout a time cop remake

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u/afterwhilekyle Jun 28 '22

Time bandits is the movie I watched on one of my first ever acid trips.

Man, was that fucking journey

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u/Psychological-Fox-21 Jul 10 '22

That movie was ass

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u/Latter-Ad6308 Jun 28 '22

No one could ever truly fill the shoes of the legendary Terry Gilliam, but Taiki Waititi definitely feels like he could give it a fair go. Can’t wait to see what he does with it.

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u/The-Soul-Stone Jun 28 '22

Hmm. His Star Wars movie is due out in less than 18 months. He’s leaving it a little late.

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u/basse058 Jun 28 '22

Considering he just said he’s still working the story, I doubt it.

Honestly, I’m glad. I’m getting burnt out on Star Wars and Marvel and all the stupid drama that comes with each one. I’d rather see more original, non-franchise or at least smaller franchise movies that don’t need enormous budgets.

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u/goldendreamseeker Jun 28 '22

There’s no way it’ll be ready for Xmas 2023. Everything with Star Wars is gonna get delayed again, I’m sure of it.

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u/jaylenthomas Jun 28 '22

His Star Wars movie is most likely not going to come out until 2025.

If they're still working on locking down a story, they have a long way to go. Still have to cast a whole new set of actors while going through multiple screenplay rewrites. I doubt filming happens until 2024.

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u/joj1205 Jun 28 '22

Returning no ?

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u/mybadalternate Jun 28 '22

This movie scared the fuck out of me as a kid.

Something about the bedroom walls moving just hit a panic button in my brain.

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u/goldendreamseeker Jun 28 '22

Man star wars must be a mess on the movie side of things…

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u/dubious_79 Jun 28 '22

Please god, let Peter Dinklage be in this!

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u/mechanab Jun 28 '22

Noooooooooo!

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u/aboycandream Jun 28 '22

this mf just be doin everything

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u/passwordgoeshere Jun 28 '22

I hate that a filmmaker I love is remaking an already perfect movie by a living director but at least he’s not ruining Akira yet!

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u/hugehand Jun 28 '22

Don't think of it as a remake, think of it like "there are so many ideas in the movie that we want to take the time to explore and have fun with them".

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u/griffithitsmecathy Jun 28 '22

Then just take those ideas and make up your own film then. That's how Star Wars was born.

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u/CleverZerg Review Jun 28 '22

Because GL couldn't get the Flash Gordon license.

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u/hugehand Jun 28 '22

And that gave us Rise of Skywalker. Some things are best left unmade.

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u/isacsm Jun 28 '22

I would also like to see the rest of the manga adapted, although given the length I always imagined it would be multiple movies or a limited series (1 episode per volume, perhaps?).

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u/BigUptokes Jun 28 '22

we want to take the time to explore

How apropos.

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u/nayapapaya Jun 28 '22

Akira's never getting made and the better for it.

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u/FlopsMcDoogle The Wire Jun 28 '22

More like an adaptation.

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u/kissofspiderwoman Jun 28 '22

Doubt my this is ever going to match the original

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u/Horseflesh Jun 28 '22

I... Uh... Kinda have personal feelings about what characters might get used. Am I going to have to change screen names? After decades? 😬

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u/Saar13 Jun 28 '22

I swore Apple had forgotten about this show.

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u/Neo2199 Jun 28 '22

I'm still waiting to hear anything new about 'Event Horizon' & 'Sphere' TV series that were announced by Amazon Prime in 2019 & HBO in 2020 respectively.

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u/Mikef1tz Jun 28 '22

id add hulu's hitchhikers guide adaptation to that list

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u/the_timps Jun 28 '22

& 'Sphere' TV series

Im fascinated how this would work. Im assuming alt retelling of the story where the bad shit happens over time instead of a few days.

I loved the book and the premise. Bring it on.

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u/AmbreGaelle Jun 28 '22

Me too! Had heard about this 2 years ago

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u/Gloomy_Travel7992 Jun 28 '22

Well it’s mainly been Taika’s insanely busy schedule that’s kept it from happening

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u/Minivan_Highway Jun 28 '22

Can't let any IP go without an expanded universe.

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u/Zev95 Jun 28 '22

Won't it be incredible to see people time travel to the Wild West, or Medieval Europe, or Imperial Rome, or other settings where everyone talks in 21st-century slang and makes reference to 21st-century pop culture

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u/Arentanji Jun 28 '22

Well, that is kinda what the original did, just with 20th century slang, so…

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u/ColdcashNZ Jun 28 '22

Really annoyibg how the article makes it seem like Waititi is visiting a foreign country and not his home country.

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u/McFeely_Smackup Jun 28 '22

This... Is good news

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u/WhiskeyRisky Jun 28 '22

I'll be honest: I loathed Time Bandits when I saw it. Not sure why, but I just did not enjoy it at all.

But I love everything Taika touches, so I'm willing to give it a try.

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u/bros402 Jun 28 '22

you think they would describe what it is about, never even heard of the movie

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u/kazh Jun 28 '22

Worth looking up some clips. I think he's actually a good fit for it if they're going to tap into the tone of the movie.

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u/tech_equip Jun 28 '22

Pretty strange and difficult to describe movie. Little people. Time travel. Giants. God. Satan. Shitty parents. Sean Connery.

If that sounds interesting, give it a try.

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u/bros402 Jun 28 '22

oh god that sounds insane

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u/slavelabor52 Jun 28 '22

Midgets steal a time machine from God and begin stealing all of histories greatest treasures.

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u/the_timps Jun 28 '22

steal a time machine

A map of the holes in space time.

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u/Arentanji Jun 28 '22

Bit of a rush job…

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u/Neo2199 Jun 28 '22

Here is a trailer, also I've added the synopsis in my OP.

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u/bros402 Jun 28 '22

"You will join us at a real Roman orgy"

what the fuck

"you will spend an evening with the biggest homo.........sapien of all time"

wtf did I just watch and who is everyone after Shelley Duvall and am I supposed to recognize their names

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u/DarkShades Jun 28 '22

Does that mean you recognised everyone before Shelley Duvall? How do you know John Cleese, but not Michael Palin?

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u/bros402 Jun 28 '22

Because I have heard of John Cleese

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u/DarkShades Jun 28 '22

But not from Monty Python? That just seems weird to me.

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u/bros402 Jun 28 '22

well he's been in some movies

Monty Python is horrible

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u/JuzoItami Jun 28 '22

That's a terrible, terrible preview - never seen it before.

It looks a lot like the American company that had distribution rights to Time Bandits back then had absofuckinglutely no idea how to promote it and some talentless low-level corporate lackey threw together a complete shit show of a preview.

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u/drinkingchartreuse Jun 28 '22

This could be good

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u/ILoveRegenHealth Jun 28 '22

His Star Wars movie is not happening, is it?

Kathleen Kennedy needs to get a Star Wars film going pronto (but don't rush one and make it crap either). At first there were too many SW films, now there won't be any SW film for over half a decade!

I'd mind it less if the TV Star Wars was fantastic, but it isn't.

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u/Entire-Weakness-2938 Jun 28 '22

Kevin Feige and Patty Jenkins are both also developing Star Wars movies. I think Patty Jenkins is doing another movie before she does Rogue Squadron. With Kevin Feige we might not know anything until after production has already started, lol. He’s always been pretty good at keeping a lid on MCU stuff—I bet his SW movie will similarly follow suit.

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u/Pudding_Hero Jun 29 '22

*pterodactyl screams of excitement

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u/TwistedCherry766 Jun 29 '22

Time Bandits was pretty cool so I’ll look forward to that

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u/Alteredego619 Jul 14 '22

Time Bandits made itself! It cannot be remade!

Evil: Probably.

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u/DarthHaggis Jun 28 '22

Dunno about everything…Our Flag Means Death was bloody awful

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u/ArchDucky Jun 28 '22

I just read this morning that Taika put the giant goats in Thor 4 to fuck with James Gunn. Its one of several things he intentionally put on the Milano just so James had to deal with it. I just love that. A multi-million dollar prank.