Time Bandits
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Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
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Original release
NetworkApple TV+

Time Bandits is an upcoming American fantasy adventure television series created by Jemaine Clement, Iain Morris, and Taika Waititi, based on the 1981 film of the same name directed by Terry Gilliam.


The series is described as a comedic journey through time and space with a ragtag group of thieves and their newest recruit: an eleven-year-old history nerd.[2]



No.TitleDirected byTeleplay by [1]Original release date
1TBATaika Waititi[2]Jemaine Clement & Iain Morris & Taika WaititiTBA
2TBATaika Waititi[2]Jemaine Clement & Iain Morris & Taika WaititiTBA

The third through tenth episodes of the series are written by Jemaine Clement & Iain Morris, Akilah Green, Melanie Bracewell, Tyrell Williams, Jemaine Clement, Jemaine Clement, Sam Bain, and Iain Morris, respectively.[1]


In July 2018, it was announced that Apple Inc. had closed a deal to develop a television series version of the Terry Gilliam film, with Gilliam set to serve as executive producer.[3] In March 2019, Taika Waititi joined the project, set to co-write and direct the pilot episode.[4] Waititi stated the series would be 10 episodes, and revealed to be a co-writer alongside Iain Morris and Jemaine Clement.[5] In September 2022, Lisa Kudrow was cast.[2]

Production took place in New Zealand in late 2022 and early 2023.[6] The series was shot in Wellington,[7] appearing as 1920s New York when shooting began in October 2022.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Time Bandits". Writers Guild of America West. April 17, 2023. Retrieved May 31, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d Petski, Denise (September 28, 2022). "Time Bandits: Lisa Kudrow To Lead Cast Of Taika Waititi's Apple Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2022.
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (July 27, 2018). "Apple Makes Rights Deal To Turn Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits Into TV Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 27, 2018. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; D'Alessandro, Anthony (March 11, 2019). "Taika Waititi To Co-Write & Direct Time Bandits Series In Works At Apple From Paramount, Anonymous Content & MRC". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 22, 2022. Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  5. ^ McLean, Craig (July 7, 2022). "How Taika Waititi brought rock'n'roll to Hollywood (and Thor)". The Face. Archived from the original on August 1, 2022. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
  6. ^ Taylor, Drew (June 27, 2022). "Taika Waititi's Star Wars Movie Won't Shoot This Year". TheWrap. Archived from the original on June 27, 2022. Retrieved June 27, 2022.
  7. ^ Fuller, Piers (September 6, 2022). "Taika Waititi's new Time Bandits project to be filmed in Wairarapa". Stuff. Archived from the original on September 6, 2022. Retrieved September 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Evans, Chris (October 3, 2022). "Taika Waititi's Time Bandits doubles New Zealand for New York". KFTV.com.