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The Prisoner (2009)

In this section we have all the latest news, and sometimes rumours, about the much anticpated AMC/ITV remake of The Prisoner.

So you can make up your own mind, we always quote our sources of information and stories.

Six Of One (www.sixofone.org.uk), the official Prisoner Appreciation Society, is reporting some hard and fast facts about The Prisoner remake. Their site doesn't quote any sources but it sounds pretty definate! Details include:
  • Number 6: James Caviezel
  • Number 2: Sir Ian McKellen  
  • Director: Jon Jones
  • Producer: Trevor Hopkins
  • Writer: Bill Gallagher
  • Episodes: 6 (1 hour)
  • Location: Namibia and Cape Town in August, 2008.
  • Production: AMC (American Movie Channel) and ITV (UK).
Remake News - Media WatchThe Prisoner remake news is now widespread. We have been keeping a watchful eye on the mainstream media to see how it's being reported. Here is a selection of reports from (usually) reliable sources:
  • Liverpool Daily Post - Who’s next for Number Six?
    1 May 2008
  • Techwatch - ITV to remake ‘The Prisoner’
    30 Apr 2008
  • Daily Post - Prisoner remake snub for Wales
    30 Apr 2008
  • The Telegraph - Christopher Eccleston tipped for lead in new Prisoner
    29 Apr 2008
  • BBC News - Prisoner remake 'set to go ahead'
    29 Apr 2008
  • The Independent - The corner of Wales that is forever Italy
    28 Apr 2008
  • Daily Post - Prisoner TV series re-make planned
    28 Apr 2008

Prisoner remake - ITV commentAfter some wild speculation last week, a spokesperson for ITV said neither filming nor casting had taken place.

“It’s not so much a second series – we are in development for remaking or re-versioning The Prisoner, that’s true."

“No casting has been confirmed so the names that have been mentioned are pure speculation. Also the suggestion we’re filming in Libya is untrue. We haven’t worked out where we’re going to be filming it at this stage.”

Mr Langley, author of the recent book Patrick McGoohan: Danger Man or Prisoner?, said that as well as a new TV series, film-makers Universal Studios still have a plan to make a film sequel. McGoohan was involved in this several years back when he delivered his own script for a Prisoner movie.

Mr Langley said: “There’s always been two distinctly separate plans. One was to make a film sequel called The Prisoner by Universal Studios. And from the end of 2006, Sky One said they were linking up with Granada to make a mini-series of six episodes.

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There have been reports online, quoting a Daily Mail article on the 16th April 2008, that filming for The Prisoner remake is already in progress. The article reads:
"The Prisoner, which baffled millions of TV viewers in the 1960s with its complex plots, is being remade with U.S. actor Jim Caviezel in the title role. Currently filming in Libya, there’s a special guest appearance by the show’s original star Patrick McGoohan. And by luvvie’s luvvie Sir Ian ‘Serena’ McKellen."
We are skeptical and think this might go down in the history as another piece of mis-information. News of a project as far on as filming would have been leaked before now. Still, we hope we're wrong!
"Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo del Toro is bringing the cult British science fiction TV series "The Champions" to the big screen.

Del Toro will write and direct the adaptation for United Artists, the studio recently revived by Tom Cruise and his business partner Paula Wagner.

The series, which ran for 30 episodes in 1968-69, revolved around the adventures of a trio of secret government agents whose lives were saved when their plane crashed in the Himalayas and they were rescued by an advanced civilization. The civilization also bestowed them with superhuman abilities. It was produced by ITC, the company behind such British shows as "The Saint," "The Prisoner" and "Thunderbirds."

Del Toro is in production on "Hellboy 2: The Golden Army." A horror thriller produced by del Toro, "The Orphanage," is set for a December 28 release from Picturehouse.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

ITV is set to rescue the remake of The Prisoner following Sky's decision to pull out of the deal because of a disagreement with US cable co-producer AMC.

The network is understood to be in the final stages of securing the six-part series, which is being made by ITV Productions and has been billed as a pacy, radical reinvention of the original show.

A source told Broadcast: "We're all really glad it's an ITV show and we're gearing up for casting and shooting."

Conviction creator Bill Gallagher has penned the new version while Christopher Eccleston had been tipped to take the Number Six role that Patrick McGoohan made famous in the 1967 original, but he has thus far ruled himself out.

The cult 1960s classic aired on ITV. In it Number Six was abducted after resigning from his post as a government secret agent and moved to an unknown village - filmed in Portmeirion in Wales.

It emerged in August that Sky One had pulled out of the show because it was unhappy with elements of the production. Controller Richard Woolfe said: "It's a quintessentially British drama and there were too many creative differences trying to share it with an American partner."

Source: Broadcast 

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