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''Prisoner'' Remake: Not Good News

By RD Heldenfels Published: December 19, 2006

This arrived in e-mail today:

In an effort to further develop and define its distinct cinematic blueprint for bold original television programming, AMC announced today that it will remake the 1960s groundbreaking television classic, The Prisoner.  The project will provide the network with its first original Sci-Fi series in its 20 year history and expand its efforts to deliver a diverse range of genre based high quality originals.  ...

In the 1960s The Prisoner helped permanently alter the scope of the Sci-Fi genre.  Through the work of Patrick McGoohan, who created, produced, wrote, directed and starred in the title role, the series became one of television’s most acclaimed and influential programs. ... The new series will be written by Bill Gallagher (Conviction, Clocking Off ) and will showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original.  Production is scheduled to begin in spring 2007.  ...

The Prisoner will tell a story similar to the original series, as it follows a man who finds himself inexplicably trapped in The Village, with no memory of how he arrived.  As he frantically explores his environment, he discovers that its inhabitants are identified by number instead of by name, have no memory of a prior existence or outside civilization, and are under constant surveillance by a repressive authority.   Not knowing who to trust, Number Six is driven by the desperate need to discover the truth behind The Village, the reason for his being there, and most importantly, how he can survive and escape to his previous life. (end release)

I know that the original ''Prisoner'' does not look all that great when you consider the leaps in technology since it first aired. I also know that it was a landmark series, a unique piece and therefore not something I want to see reinvented.

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