Acclaimed New Zealand director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows) has been hired to tackle Time Bandits, a series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy.
Apple is currently developing the potential series, which is being co-produced by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. As per Deadline, Waititi is to co-write and direct the pilot episode, and will also be serving as executive producer with Gilliam and Dan Halstead.
Gilliam directed and co-wrote the original film, which followed an 11-year-old history buff (Craig Warnock) who joins a band of time travelling dwarves, as they jump from era to era looking for treasure to steal. They meet various figures on the journey, including Robin Hood (John Cleese), King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) and Napoleon (Ian Holm).
Waititi is currently in post-production on his next feature film, Jojo Rabbit, a comedy war-drama starring Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell… and Waititi as an imaginary Adolf Hitler. He’s also attached as one of the directors on The Mandalorian, an upcoming Star Wars series heading to the Disney streaming service Disney+.
As a refresher, take a look at a trailer for the original Time Bandits: