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From The Suburban Jungle Forum: AMC Remaking 'The Prisoner'

Cabler has come aboard to co-produce at least six episodes -- billed as a modern-day reimagining of the TV series classic -- with U.K.'s Sky One. Granada Intl. also produces.

AMC's is the second adaptation in the works. Universal Pictures has set helmer Christopher Nolan to direct a feature version that Janet and David Peoples are scripting (Daily Variety, Aug. 11).

U has the film rights to the skein, while Granada has separate television rights. Like the planned skein, bigscreen pic is said to be a contemporized take on the 1967 thriller.


AMC execs were tightlipped regarding details of the updated version but said it will similarly involve themes of paranoia and deal with sociopolitical issues.

What the new show won't be is an exact replica of the original.

"The show isn't just a re-creation," said Rob Sorcher, AMC exec veep of programming and production. "What we're doing is an entirely new reinterpretation that stays true to the components of the McGoohan (show)'s vision."

It could be good ... but "The Prisoner" is one of those things that's much easier to screw up than to get right. So we'll see!

-The Gneech


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Dec. 19th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Could be good. Percentages say its got a better chance of blowing up in someone's face.

Dec. 19th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
The Granada project originally had Christopher Eccleston's name attached as the lead - I'll have to look if that's still true.

What' disturbing me with these "remakes" isn't just that they happen - it's that these "reimaginings for a few audience" (to borrow one show's blurb) tend to mean reworking them for the values of today's market - and that means dumbing them down for the lowest common denominator of said new audience, in order to bring in maximum viewers and revenue.

I have horrible visions of this turning into yet another action/conspiracy tale of big exposions...
Dec. 19th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Seeing how it turns out should be interesting. It could go down in flames or become a huge success, with very little room for it to end up somewhere in between.
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Dec. 20th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
Well, I'd debate that the new Battlestar Galactica is a success. It's for that reason that I'm wary when a t.v. exec says the words "Reimaged series".
Dec. 19th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
That the one with the number badges and that weird sport with the trampolines?
Dec. 19th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Well they arent setting it in The Village so it's not boding well with me so far.
Dec. 20th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Didn't UPN reimage the Prisoner with the series Nowhere Man?
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