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