Apple close to deal for ‘Time Bandits’ TV series

Apple is close to closing a deal for the rights to produce a TV series based on Terry Gilliam’s cult classic fantasy film “Time Bandits,” Deadline reports. The move, which would add to Apple’s already burgeoning staple of original content, will be developed as a co-production between Anonymous Content, Paramount Television and Media Rights Capital, according to sources, who has also indicated that Gilliam will be on board as a “non-writing executive producer.” Released in 1980, Time Bandits tells the story of an eleven-year-old history buff who is launched on a time-travelling adventure through history after stumbling across six dwarves who have stolen a time map. It’s not yet known what form a TV series would take, or who would be pegged to star in it; the original film had a staple of well-known actors including John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, and David Warner, among others.