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Ridley Scott in talks to direct feature adaptation of The Prisoner

01.08.2016

Patrick McGoohan's classic TV series The Prisoner may be close to fifty years old, but the mysterious psychological spy drama is still a highly regarded piece of television history. The Prisoner follows an unnamed British spy (Patrick McGoohan) who awakens to find that he's being held captive in a mysterious seaside village after suddenly resigning from his job. After being given the name "Number Six," the inhabitants of the village begin to use a variety of bizarre methods to extract information from the former agent and Number Six is left wondering who, if anyone, he can trust.

The Prisoner was previously remade in 2009 as a six episode mini-series starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen but now it appears that the series may be destined for the big-screen. Deadline reports that Ridley Scott is currently in early talks to direct THE PRISONER for Universal. The project has been in existence for a number of years with the most recent draft of the script originating from William Monahan (THE DEPARTED). Should Ridley Scott come on-board, it's possible that this may be his next film after ALIEN: COVENANT wraps as he hasn't lined up any firm projects afterwards. I'd imagine that remaking The Prisoner will come under a bit of scrutiny, not to mention condensing the dense series into a feature film, but with Ridley Scott at the helm, we may be in for something just as fun, albeit different, as the original.

ALIEN: COVENANT is set to start shooting next month for a October 6, 2017 release.

Source: Deadline

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1:37PM on 01/10/2016

The Prisoner as a film ?

No, BLOODY HELL NO !
The very structure of the show makes it impossible to adapt correctly in film !
No, BLOODY HELL NO !
The very structure of the show makes it impossible to adapt correctly in film !
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11:34AM on 01/09/2016
On the one hand Ridley Scott seems like a good pick if you're going to do a movie of The Prisoner. On the other hand, The Prisoner is a show that's near impossible to do justice to. So much of it was Patrick McGoohan just lobbing ideas at the wall and seeing what would stick. And it's such an existential ride I think you could take it in any direction. Whatever they do, don't turn it into something like The Fugitive. The show was at its best when they played mind games with each other. And
On the one hand Ridley Scott seems like a good pick if you're going to do a movie of The Prisoner. On the other hand, The Prisoner is a show that's near impossible to do justice to. So much of it was Patrick McGoohan just lobbing ideas at the wall and seeing what would stick. And it's such an existential ride I think you could take it in any direction. Whatever they do, don't turn it into something like The Fugitive. The show was at its best when they played mind games with each other. And Rover should definitely come back.
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11:13PM on 01/08/2016
If they can do with this what they did with The Equalizer then I'm all for it. That movie should be used as a template for all these reimagined tv adaptations.
If they can do with this what they did with The Equalizer then I'm all for it. That movie should be used as a template for all these reimagined tv adaptations.
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1:36PM on 01/10/2016
Ho, you mean taking a couple of points from the series (like, the tittle), change EVERYTHING else, and says it's an adaptation ?
The movie was fine, but it was a bad adaptation... Kind of like Constantine's movie compared to the comics.
Ho, you mean taking a couple of points from the series (like, the tittle), change EVERYTHING else, and says it's an adaptation ?
The movie was fine, but it was a bad adaptation... Kind of like Constantine's movie compared to the comics.
9:50PM on 01/08/2016
any of you younglings who havent seen the original series should seek it out... its a trip...
any of you younglings who havent seen the original series should seek it out... its a trip...
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7:33PM on 01/08/2016
Here's hoping for the big bubble!
Here's hoping for the big bubble!
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