‘12 Monkeys’ Season 2: Syfy Renews for 2016 With New Showrunners
We haven’t kept up with Syfy’s adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys very much since its beginning, but the network has officially contracted a second strain. Syfy has renewed 12 Monkeys for Season 2 to air at some point in 2016, albeit with a bit of creative shuffling behind the scenes.
Per the network’s official announcement, 12 Monkeys will return in 2016 with pilot writers and executive producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett stepping up as showrunners, as current head Natalie Chaidez departs to work on Syfy’s Hunters. In the meantime, 12 Monkeys will air its ninth episode this coming Friday, with its first season finale scheduled for April 10 (we’ll take a pause on Daredevil).
Syfy’s adaptation of the 1995 film (itself coined from French director Chris Marker’s 1962 science-fiction short La Jetée) stars Nikita vet Aaron Stanford in the role originally played by Bruce Willis, and is described thusly:
Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race.
12 Monkeys stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker). Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell On Wheels) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) as mental patient Jennifer Goines.
The narrative seems to have gone through quite a few twists since then, but did 12 Monkeys earn its second season renewal? What might we see when the new time-travel twists and turns arrive in 2016?