December 19th, 2006

Vote Six

Whose Side Are You On? That Would Be Telling.

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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