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Still no release date for The Prisoner

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the_prisoner_2009According to both AMC and IMDB, The Prisoner has no official release date.  Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellan star in the remake of Patrick McGoohan’s cult classic.

AMC’s web site only mentions the November 2009 time frame, and IMDB hints that the mini-series will span six episodes.  Other than that, details are scarce.

Producers have touted the new mini-series as a reimagining of the original, which has angered some purists.  At the San Diego Comic-Con, the creative team seemed to express that Patrick McGoohan supported the project before his death.

The nine minute trailer unveiled at the Con suggests the reimagined tale broaches themes of identity, faith and belief, and concepts of freedom–all useful components in modern myth making.

If Battlestar Galactica is any indication, remakes and reimaginings can work, and sometimes even surpass the original.

In The Prisoner, “Number Six” (Jim Caviezel) finds himself trapped in an isolated environment known as “The Village,” whose inhabitants refer to themselves by number rather than name, under the control of the enigmatic “Number Two” (Ian McKellan).

You only think you’re free…


Written by taj

September 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm

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  1. During the course of a brief published interview with his widow, it was remarked that McGoohan had adamantly declined to be involved in the production… :-))) ….

    But the old man in the clip is evidently intended to be the *old* Number Six.

    Moor Larkin

    September 23, 2009 at 9:02 am

  2. Thanks, Moor.

    At the Comic-Con panel, one of the producers (he sat on the end, and the video never reveals his name, but I think it may be AMC’s programming director Vlad Wolynetz) tells about a phone call he had with McGoohan. The details are sparse — apparently McGoohan had joked that he should be playing Two, but that Ian would do fine.

    I took that to imply support, but producers/programming directors are known to spin things. It’s possible McGoohan hated the idea.

    At any rate, here’s the link to the panel vid:



    September 23, 2009 at 9:25 am

    • Hi, Nice to know someone from AMC/Granada did actually speak to him at least and they are not making the whole thing up…:-)))) I wonder if he still held some residual rights, as the original creator and producer of the show as named so they had to. I have read memoirs from guys who were trying to get video-releases of the show out years ago, that they had the devils-own job getting him to take any interest.

      I didn’t mean he necessarily had any feelings about it one way or the other, just that it seems that he never intended to be involved.

      I guess AMC can spin what he *thought* any way they like… A,B or C.

      Moor Larkin

      October 28, 2009 at 2:28 am

  3. My two girls were used as extras in this series, so I would like to know when The Prisoner start showing in South Africa and if possible on which channel.


    November 7, 2009 at 4:52 am

    • Hi Nadia,

      THE PRISONER airs on AMC this Sunday, and runs for three nights (Sun, Mon, Tues).


      November 12, 2009 at 9:09 am

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