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Friday, July 24, 2009

The Prisoner Is Coming

Can't wait until this come out.

I first discovered The Prisoner back when I worked at a Hollywood Video in college. I was amazed at the surreal nature of the program and how it stood out in virtually every aspect from any other show of its time.

From his extensive Shakespearean roots to his knockout X-Men and Lord of the Rings roles as Magneto and Gandalf, Sir Ian McKellen boasts a prowess so refined that he’s now playing a role, The Prisoner’s power-hungry villain Number Two, previously inhabited by not one actor but 17.

Yet McKellen insists this isn’t your grandmother’s Number Two.

“There’s no point in wondering how am I going to measure up to the other Number Twos, because it’s just a different script altogether,” the soft-spoken knight explained to after addressing an auditorium of TV reporters at Hollywood’s Universal Hilton earlier this year.

Here's the intro to the original:

Considering AMC track-record of original programming ( AMC also had Breaking Bad and Mad Men on their roster ) I'm sure that the revamp of The Prisoner will be nothing short of spectacular.

This is a fantastic time to reboot a program like The Prisoner. With the original dealing in secret government programs, espianoge, surveillance, and technology, it's a whole new world for Number 2.

The trailer for the new Prisoner premiered at Comic-Con.


Anonymous said...

THANK YOU! i had no idea they were remaking this....i think it looks fantastic!

darkblack said...

I was wondering when the Popular Entertainment Complex was going to start remasticating McGoohan's masterwork, as even failed TV pilots of the '70's appear to have become alluring fodder for big screen treatments by the lights of modern fiscal imperatives.

Naught to say but that for his passing this would never have been made...Yet hopefully it will make its own mark and not be an unsavory afterthought.


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