In 2019, it was reported that the Oscar winner Taika Waititi would make a series adaptation of the 1981 film bandits of time for Apple TV+. Not much news has been released about the adaptation since, until today. The streamer has announced the cast that will lead the series, and it includes alumni Friends star Lisa Kudrow.
the original bandits of time was a fantasy adventure film directed and co-written by terry gilliam. It followed a young boy as he joined a ragtag band of bandits and thieves on an adventure through time. Not much is known about this new series, but it is said that it will follow a similar plot, only extended to become a ten-episode comedy series. It will also be co-written and produced by Waititi, with the filmmaker set to direct the first two episodes as well.
Much like the plot, not much is known about the role Kudrow will be playing except that they are called Penelope. Either way, he’s a big name to have attached to the show. Kudrow is an Emmy-winning actress, best known for starring in Friends. However, she also had roles in hit movies like Library and Meeting of Romy and Michèle’s high school, as well as acclaimed series like The return and web therapy.
Kudrow will be joined in the series by Kal-El Tuck, Charlyne Yi, Tadhg Murphy, Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, Rune Temte, Kiera Thompson, and Rachel House. Tuck is said to play the young boy at the center of the show’s story, but just like with Kudrow, the only details about the other actors’ roles are their names.
When first announced in 2019, Waititi’s involvement in the series excited many fans of the original series. His past films as JoJo Rabbit, thor ragnorokand What we do in the shadows were hits for both critics and audiences. Additionally, Apple TV+ has also surprised viewers with the quality of programming, especially in the comedy genre, with series like Ted Lasso and mythical quest. Then adding an actress who has proven time and time again to have great comedic abilities like Kudrow. This seems to many fans like a recipe for success.
bandits of time will be produced by Paramount Television Studios, AC Studios from Anonymous Content and MRC Television for AppleTV+. Waititi will be joined as executive producer of the series by his frequent creative partner Jemaine Clement as good as Iain Morris and Garrett Basch.
Stay tuned to Collider for more updates on bandits of time. Check out the trailer for the original film below: