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Old 18-11-2005, 09:38 AM
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The Prisoner is captured again

From Broadcast:

"It's a cult classic which has provoked decades of speculation and interpretation. Now Number 6 is coming back to our screens in a remake of the 1960s adventure series The Prisoner.

The drama, one of TV's most original, will be remade by Granada and is currently being written by Bill Gallagher, the writer of Conviction, who will executive produce the show alongside Granada's Michele Buck and Damien Timmer.

Granada is in talks with Sky One commissioner Elaine Pike about airing an initial eight-part series next year. It is also approaching European and US networks about a co-production deal."

http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/frames/master.asp
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Old 23-02-2006, 12:08 PM
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timkins posted at the Outpost Gallifrey Doctor Who and SFX forums saying that according to Dreamwatch the remake of The Prisoner has been shelved by Sky One possibly due to money issues.
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Old 05-05-2006, 02:40 PM
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The remake is back on:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4972194.stm

Chris Eccleston has been reported to be in negotiations to play the leading part originated by Patrick McGoohan.

If this is true then Chris's career has been turned upside down. I said that in a good way. After all he was the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who and in The Prisoner he would be No. 6. If you turned 9 upside down it becomes a 6.

I just couldn't resist pointing that out.
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Old 06-05-2006, 05:20 PM
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Chris looks a dead certainty for the role and the following Times article also made humour about him getting the part:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...164214,00.html

"New role for Doctor Who who became prisoner of own success
By Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent

HE REVIVED Doctor Who, but now Christopher Eccleston is set to take on another television hero with the starring role in a remake of The Prisoner.
The 1967 series, starring Patrick McGoohan as a former secret agent who was kidnapped and imprisoned in a mystery village, baffled millions of viewers around the world .

The new version, made by Granada for Sky One, will incorporate the paranoia, conspiracy theories and hi-tech action sequences of modern-day spy dramas 24 and Spooks.

Lost, another offbeat hit series which has kept viewers hooked despite offering up few of its secrets, was influenced by The Prisoner.

Eccleston, who quit Doctor Who after last year’s hit revival, told the producers that it had long been his ambition to play Number Six, whose escape attempts are constantly thwarted by sinister forces.

Hollywood stars have also pitched for the role but discussions with Eccleston are at an advanced stage, according to production sources.

However, the Welsh tourist “village” of Portmeirion, where the original ATV show was filmed, will be replaced by a more exotic foreign location, probably outraging fans of the original.

While The Prisoner will compete against the third season of Doctor Who in a spring ratings battle next year, BBC One is reviving another action hero — Robin Hood will join the Saturday night line-up this autumn.

Damien Timmer, executive producer of The Prisoner, said: “The series is like Pandora’s box; it’s the ultimate conspiracy thriller. Like 24, the new series will entrap you from the opening scene.”

Granada hopes the series will tap into the show’s cult following, while also appealing to younger viewers. It is expected to appear before a long-mooted Hollywood film remake, and Granada is expecting to sell the show internationally.

McGoohan won a global fan base for the 17-episode series, which made regular use of his catchphrase: “I am not a number; I’m a free man.”

His nameless character — Number Six — was abducted after resigning from a top secret government position and relocated to a sinister village where nothing was as it seemed. However, Granada is promising a “radical reinvention” and a plot that will make sense to viewers who watch the six-episode series.

McGoohan wrote and directed some episodes. Other actors and actresses who featured in the original series included Leo McKern, Paul Eddington, Peter Bowles, Eric Portman, Patrick Cargill, George Baker, Mary Morris, Rosalie Crutchley and Donald Sinden.

It has its own fan club, the Six of One, formed in 1977.

It boasts more than 1,000 members and holds regular get-togethers at Portmeirion, the Italianate village in North Wales built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis 80 years ago. It is now a hotel complex.

As well as the distinctive architecture, The Prisoner featured Mini-Mokes, pennyfarthings and a massive balloons that would appear from the sea to smother anyone attempting to escape.

The series was shown in more than 60 countries."

In the original series No.6 was asked why did he resign. At the Outpost Gallifrey Doctor Who forum jokes have already been made that the new series should be about why Chris resigned as Doctor Who.

Since The Prisoner will be competing against Doctor Who on British TV next year, this means that Chris will battling against his successor as the Doctor, David Tennant for the ratings.
All I can say is that the clash between the two Doctors better not happen on Australian TV.
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:11 PM
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I just found out from Wikipedia, that back in May, Chris' agent has denied to Radio Times that he has anything to do with the role. Radio Times has also reported that the remake will be called Number Six not The Prisoner.

Meanwhile Christopher Nolan is close to a deal in making the movie of The Prisoner:
http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/725/725002p1.html
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Old 20-12-2006, 04:26 PM
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The Prisoner remake will begin production in 2007 for a worldwide premiere in January 2008:
http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-am...news-headlines

"AMC Locks Into 'Prisoner' Remake
Get ready to meet the new No. 2 and No. 6 in early 2008
December 19, 2006

AMC is coming on board to co-producer a remake of the seminal paranoid thriller series "The Prisoner" with Sky One and Granada International.

Details on how the companies plan to update or alter the "Prisoner" formula are scarce, but the property is being presented as an hour-long drama with production between in spring 2007. The plan is to have "The Prisoner" set for a worldwide premiere in January 2008.

"'The Prisoner' redefined what was possible in the Sci-Fi/Thriller category and remains on of the most iconic classics of our time," says AMC's Executive Vice President of Programming and Production, Rob Sorcher. "AMC's new series will stay true to the conceptual and visual brilliance of the original and will provide a new generation with an understanding and appreciation of Patrick McGoohan's work."

Masterminded by writer-producer-star McGoohan, "The Prisoner" premiered in 1967 and ran for only 17 episodes. A political parable, it turn the story of a government agent who resigns and immediately finds himself drugged, kidnapped, and plunked down on an isolated island known only as The Village. Despite his protestations that he's not a number, he's becomes Number Six. Amidst escape attempts, he's interrogated by the person he believes to be in charge, the mysterious Number Two, who was played by an assortment of different actors.

The new series will be written by Bill Gallagher ("Conviction," "Clocking Off"). When rumors of the "Prisoner" first began circulating back in May, Christopher Eccleston's name was bandied about for a lead role. It's unclear if the erstwhile Dr. Who remains involved.

There have been regular attempts to mount a big screen "Prisoner," with "Batman Begins" and "The Prestige" director Christopher Nolan attached to the latest incarnation, set up at Universal."

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The ABC has picked up the rights for The Prisoner remake series:
http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2010/04/...-prisoner.html
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Person of Interest 1.21 is called Many Happy Returns.
What is curious about this episode title is that series star James Caviezel had played the title character in The Prisoner 2009 remake mini-series and Many Happy Returns is the name of an episode of the original The Prisoner series.

The Prisoner remake starring Caviezel consisted of six episodes all of which were the exact names or variation of names of episodes of the original series but not one of them was named Many Happy Returns.
Perhaps the Person of Interest episode was in a way rectifying for Caviezel of him being in an episode called Many Happy Returns notwithstanding it being a common saying.
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Person of Interest 2.12 is Prisoner’s Dilemma in which the prisoner refers to Jim Caviezel as lead character John Reese.
The title of this episode and who it was alluding to is quite curious since Caviezel had played The Prisoner in the remake mini-series.
So in a way Caviezel had returned as The Prisoner, albeit a different one, in the Person of Interest episode.
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Big Finish Productions has acquired the licence to produce The Prisoner on audio.

The Prisoner makes its Big Finish debut in January 2016.

When posting this news at the unofficial Big Finish Audio facebook page, I was informed by Richard Martin that there had been a comic book sequel to The Prisoner called Shattered Visage:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shattered_Visage

Shattered Visage was eventually produced on audio by fan audio production company BrokenSea Audio Productions which in turn led to them making their own sequel to Shattered Visage, Torchbearer.
Both audio series of Shattered Visage & Torchbearer can be downloaded for free on the BrokenSea website:
http://brokensea.com/theprisoner/
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