GFM Films Plans 'Time Bandits' Reboot as Action Franchise for Kids
Of all the filmmakers with material prime for some kind of remake or reboot tailored specifically for kids, director Terry Gilliam normally wouldn't be at the top of the list. But when you look back at the 1981 film Time Bandits, it's easy to see how the fantasy could be retooled for today's young audiences. That's the idea that GFM Films has as Variety reports the production company composed of former Handmade Films executives Guy Collins, Michael Ryan and Fred Hedman is currently developing a reboot of Time Bandits, and they're currently talking to an unnamed Hollywood producer to turn it into an action franchise for kids.
For those unfamiliar with the original film, here's the official synopsis:
Young Kevin's daydreams burst into astonishing and hilarious life when a band of time-traveling little men come crashing through his bedroom wardrobe and carry him off on an unbelievable crime spree, weaving through the greatest and strangest moments of history. The pint-sized plunderers filch from a neurotic Napoleon (Ian Holm), a dim-witted Robin Hood (John Cleese) and a heroic King Agamemnon (Sean Connery), leading to a showdown with the dark forces of Evil (David Warner)…all while keeping just one precarious step ahead of the wrath of The Supreme Being himself!
Of course part of the charm of the original film was Gilliam writing, producing and directing the feature with collaboration from many of his Monty Python cohorts. It'll be interesting to see how this fantasy film is developed for today's audiences, and just who they'll get to take part in it. Surely, it will be hard to top that original cast. I'm sure there's some hardcore Gilliam fans out there who may not be too pleased, but that's the way the cookie crumbles when it gets tossed in the remake machine that is Hollywood. Thoughts?