Syfy’s 12 Monkeys is nothing like Terry Gilliam’s film — and that’s why I’m interested

About five years ago, I finally got fed up with movie reboots. I think it was A Nightmare on Elm Street that did it, oddly enough; leave it to a series full of mostly forgettable sequels to push me over the edge, but that was it. It didn’t matter that past remakes like John Carpenter’s The Thing had become classics in their own right, or that Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins was a more balanced, mature film than Tim Burton had ever tried to make. I had reached peak remake saturation.

And then they started coming to television.

At first it seemed more like a cute prequel parlor trick than a trend. Bryan Fuller’s excellent Hannibal took on pre-Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter to wonderful effect, and Bates Motel latched onto the...

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