Time Bandits
Based onTime Bandits
by Terry Gilliam
Michael Palin
Written by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Production companies
Original networkApple TV+

Time Bandits is an upcoming fantasy adventure television series 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.[1]



In July 2018, Apple closed a deal to develop a television series version of the Terry Gilliam film, with Gilliam set to serve as executive producer.[2] Several months later in March, Taika Waititi joined the project, set to co-write and direct the pilot episode.[3] Waititi stated the series would be 10 episodes, and revealed to be a co-writer alongside Iain Morris and Jemaine Clement.[4] Lisa Kudrow was cast for the series.[1]

Production took place in New Zealand in late 2022 and early 2023.[5] The series was shot in Wellington,[6] appearing as New York set in the 1920s when shooting began in October.[7]


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  2. ^ 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 27 July 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  3. ^ 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 22 June 2022. Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  4. ^ McLean, Craig (July 7, 2022). "How Taika Waititi brought rock'n'roll to Hollywood (and Thor)". The Face. Archived from the original on 1 August 2022. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  5. ^ Taylor, Drew (June 27, 2022). "Taika Waititi's Star Wars Movie Won't Shoot This Year". TheWrap. Archived from the original on 27 June 2022. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  6. ^ Fuller, Piers (September 6, 2022). "Taika Waititi's new Time Bandits project to be filmed in Wairarapa". Stuff. Archived from the original on 6 September 2022. Retrieved 10 September 2022.
  7. ^ Evans, Chris (October 3, 2022). "Taika Waititi's Time Bandits doubles New Zealand for New York". KFTV.com.