A Popular Brad Pitt Film Is Becoming A Television Series: Will It Work?

The first Oscar for which Brad Pitt was nominated was for his work in the Terry Gilliam-directed sci-fi thriller, 12 Monkeys, which also starred Bruce Willis. Now, SyFy is looking to turn it into a television series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But don’t expect the creators behind the series to replicate the Brad Pitt movie. Co-executive producer Terry Matalas said it will be “a complete re-imagining.”

“We were all big fans of the original film and had a deep love and respect for the material,” Matalas added. “We didn’t want to just redo what the movie does.”

Brad Pitt won a Golden Globe for his performance as mental patient Jeffrey Goines. For the series, the gender of the character is going to be switched with Suits and Pretty Little Liars actress Amanda Schull taking on the role made popular by Pitt. Matalas told Quartz that he and the rest of the crew wondered how anybody could “possibly do that role again,” and that’s when they came up with a different approach to it.

“And one night, we were sitting there and we were like, ‘What if we gave that opportunity to a woman and really saw what they could do with it?’” he said.