We’ve been reading and reporting about a potential ‘Prison Break’ revival for most of the summer and late yesterday Fox Network finally gave it an official green light.
The show will return for a limited 10 episode mini series in 2016.
“It’s going to bring back both brothers, [played by] Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell,” Chairman and CEO Gary Newman announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday.
Added Co-Chairman and CEO Dana Walden: “I would describe it as a bit of a sequel. It picks up the characters several years after we left them in the last season of the show. The brothers will be back. Some of the iconic characters from that show will be back. I don’t think [exec producer] Paul [Scheuring] knows exactly where he’s going over the 10-episode arc, but it definitely will address some questions that were set up at the end of the series for a new audience.
“This is the pure vision of the creator of the show,” Walden continued. “It’s going to take a little bit of a detour from where we left off [with the straight-to-DVD coda], but it should feel very satisfying and event-ized. Fans will be excited about seeing these characters back together again.”
Regarding the fact that Miller’s Michael perished in 2009’s ‘Prison Break: The Final Break,’ Newman quipped that that particular plot point would be “ignored,” while Walden explained, “What [Paul] pitched to us was a very logical and believable — in the world of Prison Break — explanation for why our characters are alive and still moving around the world.”
As someone that came late to the series. I look forward to seeing how they manage to bring the series back, which pretty much concluded its original story-line with a fairly satisfying conclusion.
This continues a trend of shows coming back from the dead. Over the summer of 2014 we saw the return of ’24’ with ‘Live Another Day’. Since then we have found ourselves reporting on revivals for ‘Heroes’, ‘The X-Files’ and now ‘Prison Break’. It will be interesting to see if they can all justify the hype.