“We have another event series in development that we’re excited to tell you about,” Gary Newman, a co-chair and CEO of Fox, said during the Summer TCA press tour. “Finally, we can confirm that we’re in development on Prison Break.”
The shows stars, Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell have been talking about their possibility since appearing together on The Flash late last year.
“[Series creator] Paul Scheuring came in and pitched a great story to bring the show back,” Newman said. “It’s going to bring back both brothers, Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, and Paul is busy writing the first episode. And once we have those written materials, I feel confident we’re going to be going straight to series on that one.”
Fans of the show will remember that Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) died in the series finale, making the event series slightly more complicated to put together.
“Paul’s in the middle of writing it right now. I would describe it as a bit of a sequel,” Dana Walden, a co-chair and CEO of FOX, said. “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. Not sure Paul knows exactly where he’s going over the 10 episode arc, but will definitely address some questions that were set up at the end of the series.”
This means the series will take place between the finale of season four and the DVD conclusion.
“Yes, he is going to be ignoring the straight-to-DVD video,” Newman said. “It is past season four, several years past where the series ended. I wouldn’t want to give away too much of what Paul has planned but he had a very detailed, incredible story for why these characters become relevant again and why to bring them back. It’s going to be very exciting.”
This means the event series will have some plot conflicts with the DVD conclusion, as it was set right after the season four finale. However, Walden said fans shouldn’t completely ignore the DVD finale.
“I don’t think he’s going to completely ignore what happened in that episode but what he pitched to us was a very logical and believable in the world of Prison Break, an explanation for why our characters are alive and still moving around the world,” Walden said.
According to Walden, Netflix played a large part in the revival.
“Prison Break has had this great opportunity to be viewed by a whole new audience [on Netflix],” she said, adding that she has been told that it’s “one of the most successful library shows on Netflix. People are still interested in these characters.”
The event series, which will consist of 10 episodes, is set to begin production early next year and may air during the Summer 2016-2017 season. Miller and Purcell have both recently appeared on The Flash and will be on the new series Legends of Tomorrow on The CW.
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