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This just in from the No New Ideas Dept: AMC is ready to start production on a remake of the classic cult sci fi series The Prisoner.
The original series premiered in 1967 in the UK, ran for two seasons on CBS, and gave its star Patrick McGoohan a nice afterlife signing photos at sci fi conventions (although he’d always complain that he was a… umm… “prisoner” of the role). McGoohan starred as a former British secret agent who wakes up in a seaside resort called The Village, where people are kept prisoner, referred to numbers and guarded by large white spheres called Rovers. His character, Number Six, spends the entire series trying to escape, while trying find the identity of his nemesis, Number One, who apparently runs the place.
The new series will– no surprise– follow the same storyline as the original. When it debuted, The Prisoner was a totally new and challenging concept, and its influence can be seen in shows like Lost and Babylon 5, and even teasers for American Idol.
AMC is looking to start production with Britain’s Granada and Sky One in the spring.
They’re all looking at a worldwide debut in 2008.