I’m a huge fan of the 1967-68 British TV series The Prisoner starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan. It is weirdly subversive with an ending that will turn your brain inside out. I watched it in full on the Sci-Fi channel years back when the channel was worth watching.
So it was with some trepidation that I took the news that AMC was going to produce a remake of the series in association with British channel ITV. The new 6 episode mini-series will star James Caviezel as Number 6 (our hero) and Sir Ian McKellen as Number 2. AMC has an official website here and released the following 9 minute promo at the recent comic con:
Hmmm. Not too shabby looking. Could be good. Could also suck donkey dick. I’ll probably tune in for at least the first episode as I’d really like it if this turned out to be a good updating of the original series. The strength of the stars alone is reason to check it out. Overall it looks like it’s keeping much of the spirit of the original though some of the themes have changed. It’s good to see Rover is still in it (the big white ball). The miniseries will air in November.
If you’re curious about the original series the folks at AMC are streaming full episodes online for your edification. Or you can buy The Prisoner – Complete Series Megaset from Amazon.com. I had it on my wish list for the longest time and it appears to have gone missing so I just put it back on again. Need to pick it up before too long.