Ridley Scott in Talks to Bring Cult Classic TV Series ‘The Prisoner’ to the Big Screen
Ridley Scott is certainly ambitious, if nothing else. In addition to directing not one, not two, but three new Alien prequel films, the director also has his sights set on a big screen adaptation of The Prisoner, the cult favorite TV miniseries that originally aired in 1968 and was eventually remade on AMC in 2009 with Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel. Does Ridley Scott have time for all of these projects? Is there something he’s not telling us? Does he have a clone?
In addition to his new Alien prequel trilogy, Scott is eyeing a potential big screen version of The Prisoner, based on the cult classic miniseries created by and starring Patrick McGoohan — though it’s safe to assume that Scott will not be starring in his own version. Per Deadline, the director is in early negotiations to helm a film remake of the British series, which has been in development at Universal for a while now.
Christopher McQuarrie wrote a draft of the screenplay, with William Monahan (The Departed) turning in the most recent version. The story centers on a secret government agent who is abducted shortly after his resignation and taken to a gorgeous, remote village by the sea. He soon discovers that this idyllic location is actually an elaborate prison where he is known only by the designation Number Six. The titular prisoner spends the series evading capture by those who want to know his secrets while trying to find a means of escape.
Scott is currently preparing to head into production Alien: Covenant, which hits theaters on October 6, 2017.