‘Prison Break’ Is Officially Getting a Reboot on Fox; Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell Returning
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According to Deadline, the show will be back on Fox as a limited TV event and will run for 10 episodes. It will be “a bit of a sequel, it picks up several years after the end of the series,” Fox executive Dana Walden told the news outlet.
Actors Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are also confirmed to return to the series, as is Paul Schuering who created the show. It has been reported that Scheuring is already writing the reboot’s first episode. Some of the show’s well-known characters will also be expected to return.
The show, which originally ended in 2009, will have to provide “a logical and believable explanation to why the characters are alive and still moving around the world,” said Walden. In the final episode of the series before, Miller’s character, Michael Scofield, died in the series.
“Prison Break” first ran in 2005, and told a tale of one brother, Michael, who commits a crime so that he can get inside the prison where his older brother, Lincoln Burrows, has been wrongfully convicted. Michael had an elaborate plan to bust his brother out. The premise of the series was interesting at that time and the show quickly picked up with its audience.
However, with four seasons in running, half of the series’ plot became too contrived that the show lost its audience midway. Scheuring was no longer writing for the show after Season 2.
For Paul, this is an opportunity to tell a story about these characters that he created,” said Walden, according to Coming Soon. “I would say to those fans that this is the pure vision of the creator of the show and it’s going to take a detour a little bit from where we left off, but it should feel very satisfying and eventized.”
The original series is currently streaming on Netflix.