AMC is getting into the sci-fi business with a remake of the 1960s series "The Prisoner."
The cable network is set to co-produce with the U.K.'s Granada and Sky One a new version of the sci-fi thriller, which aired from 1967-68 on CBS. The remake will feature a similar story line to the original series, which starred Patrick McGoohan, who also was creator, producer, writer and director.
"Prisoner" will follow a man who finds himself inexplicably trapped in "the Village," with no memory of how he arrived. All of the inhabitants are identified by number instead of name, have no memory of a previous existence or outside civilization and are under constant surveillance. The man, Number Six, sets out to discover the truth behind the Village, why he's there and how he can escape.
The remake will be written by Bill Gallagher (BBC's "Conviction," "Clocking Off"). Granada's Michelle Buck and Damien Timmer will produce.
Production on the hour long series is scheduled to begin in the spring for a worldwide premiere targeted for January 2008.
I'm excited about this. I remember hearing about this before but I thought it was just a rumor. I also remember some people voicing concerns about the production quality and whether a remake was necessary. I wish it was going to be longer than just 6 or 8 episodes.