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Published on March 12th, 2019 | by Kirk Hiner


Taika Waititi now attached to Apple’s “Time Bandits” remake

Apple announced earlier this week that they’ll be holding a media event on March 25th to finally offer details on their new video streaming service. We already know that one of the shows in the works will be a series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1981 cult-classic movie Time Bandits. That project has now become a bit more interesting.

According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Taika Waititi—pehraps best known as the director of Thor: Ragnarok—is now on board as executive producer alongside Gilliam himself and producer Dan Halsted (People Of Earth). Waititi will also co-write and direct the pilot episode.

The original Time Bandits follows an 11-year-old boy named Kevin as he and a band of time-traveling dwarfs plunder treasure from the historical and fictional characters such as Napoleon, Agamemnon, and Robin Hood with the aid of a map stolen from the Supreme Being. The darkly comic movie is written by Gilliam and Michael Palin, and features Palin and fellow Monty Python vet John Cleese along with Ian Holm, Sean Connery, David Warner, Shelley Duvall, and Katherine Helmond. The cast of the Apple TV series has not been announced.

In addition to Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi’s directorial credits include HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, Eagle vs. Shark, What We Do In the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. He will also direct Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, and his next feature film, Jojo Rabbit, is due out this fall.

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has been writing for the Apple web since 1997, having served as editor of Applelinks and the Technology Tell Apple Channel. In addition to his work with BEST Apple TV, Kirk currently contributes to Mac Gamer HQ and Pure Nintendo. He lives with his wife and three children in small-town Ohio where the land is cheap and the air is (relatively) clean.

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