'Time Bandits' TV Series at Apple Gains Taika Waititi, Will Co-Write and Direct

Apple's upcoming tv series Time Bandits, based on the 1981 film from Terry Gilliam, will have a pretty perfect co-writer and director- Taika Waititi.

Taika Waititi
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The New Zealander filmmaker will be co-writing and directing the pilot for the series (it Apple picks it up), which will be co-produced by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital. Gilliam will executive produce along with Waititi, along with producer Dan Halsted (People Of Earth).

We're really hopeful that the "co-writer" mention means that Gilliam will also serve in that role, but Deadline did not go into details as to whom else may be writing.

Last year, Apple secured the rights to Time Bandits, and has been working on developing a potential tv series ever since.

We'll let you know what else we hear about the project as Apple reveals information. Waititi's next two television productions are FX's What We Do In The Shadows premiering March 27th, and Disney+'s The Mandalorian with no current release date.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

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