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  • Edward.J.Tracey@valley.net
    Here s a real treat for John Gamble and Tom Burke: The 1960 s TV show The Prisoner (starring Patrick McGoohan) is to have six new episodes filmed and shown
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 1, 2008
      Here's a real treat for John Gamble and Tom Burke:

      The 1960's TV show "The Prisoner" (starring Patrick McGoohan) is to have six
      new episodes filmed and shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC) network and
      British television next year
      http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/


      AMC announced today that acclaimed film actors Jim Caviezel ("The Passion
      of the Christ", "The Thin Red Line") and Sir Ian McKellen ("Lord of the Rings",
      "The Da Vinci Code") have signed on for the network's reinterpretation of the
      highly influential 1960s cult classic, "The Prisoner". AMC is co-producing the
      six-part mini-series with British networks ITV Productions and Granada
      International, with a worldwide premiere slated for 2009.

      "The Prisoner", AMC's second original mini-series, combines a wide range of
      genres, including espionage, thriller and scifi, into a unique and compelling
      drama, and expands upon the network's distinctive cinematic approach to
      creating high-quality programming.

      Caviezel will play the title role of "Number Six," (a part that was originally
      made famous when played by Patrick McGoohan) as the hero who finds himself
      trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as The Village, with no memory
      of how he arrived. McGoohan also served as the creator, producer, writer and
      director of the 1960s series, which has become widely regarded as one of the
      most famous and intriguing cult TV series ever created, permanently altering
      the scope of the fantasy genre.

      Two-time Oscar nominee Sir Ian McKellen will co-star playing the role of
      "Number Two", the sinister head of The Village.




      ITV has confirmed that Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel will star in the
      network's reinvention of the 1960s thriller "The Prisoner" to be broadcast next
      year.

      Caviezel, who shot to fame playing the role of the idealist private Witt in
      "The Thin Red Line", has been cast in the Patrick McGoohan role as Number Six,
      the hero who finds himself trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as
      The Village, with no memory of how he arrived.

      McKellen, who is best known globally for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the
      Rings movie trilogy, will take the role of Number Two, the sinister head of The
      Village.

      ITV Productions is co-producing the six-part series with Granada International
      and AMC, the US cable network behind the critically acclaimed Mad Men, with a
      worldwide premiere slated for 2009.

      Initially, ITV Productions and AMC developed the project for Sky One, but the
      satellite broadcaster pulled out of the project in early 2006.

      The original series debuted in 1967 and was created, written and produced by
      McGoohan.

      ITV today said the remake, which has been written by Bill Gallagher, "will
      reflect 21st century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security and
      surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action
      and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan's enigmatic original".

      Gallagher, who scripted BBC1's Lark Rise to Candleford, said: "I was haunted by
      The Prisoner when I saw it as a boy on its first broadcast. Here was something
      that was more than television, something I couldn't quite grasp but couldn't
      let go of. It's a unique opportunity for a writer to be able to go back to The
      Village and tell some new stories about that strange place and its surreal
      menace.

      "We have a terrific cast and a wonderful director, so we hope to serve up
      something as beguiling and disturbing as the original was."

      The Prisoner is an AMC and ITV Productions co-production and the deal gives ITV
      Worldwide all international rights, as well as sales and remake right to the
      original series. ITV DVD holds home entertainment rights.

      Gallagher will also executive produce along with Michele Buck, Damien Timmer
      and Rebecca Keane for ITV, and AMC's Charlie Collier, Christina Wayne and Vlad
      Wolynetz.

      The series' producer is Trevor Hopkins, who recently worked on the BBC1
      Christmas adaptation of Dracula. The director is Jon Jones, whose credits
      include the ITV1 adaptation of Northanger Abbey and BBC4's The Alan Clark
      Diaries.

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      About this articleClose This article was first published on guardian.co.uk on
      Monday June 30 2008. It was last updated at 18:02 on June 30 2008.
    • Plume, Barbara (OTDA)
      Wow! What good news!! I was a fan of The Prisoner. Barbara ... This e-mail, including any attachments, may be confidential, privileged or otherwise legally
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 2, 2008
        Wow! What good news!! I was a fan of The Prisoner.


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        Here's a real treat for John Gamble and Tom Burke:

        The 1960's TV show "The Prisoner" (starring Patrick McGoohan) is to have
        six
        new episodes filmed and shown on the American Movie Classics (AMC)
        network and
        British television next year
        http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/
        <http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/>

        AMC announced today that acclaimed film actors Jim Caviezel ("The
        Passion
        of the Christ", "The Thin Red Line") and Sir Ian McKellen ("Lord of the
        Rings",
        "The Da Vinci Code") have signed on for the network's reinterpretation
        of the
        highly influential 1960s cult classic, "The Prisoner". AMC is
        co-producing the
        six-part mini-series with British networks ITV Productions and Granada
        International, with a worldwide premiere slated for 2009.

        "The Prisoner", AMC's second original mini-series, combines a wide range
        of
        genres, including espionage, thriller and scifi, into a unique and
        compelling
        drama, and expands upon the network's distinctive cinematic approach to
        creating high-quality programming.

        Caviezel will play the title role of "Number Six," (a part that was
        originally
        made famous when played by Patrick McGoohan) as the hero who finds
        himself
        trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as The Village, with no
        memory
        of how he arrived. McGoohan also served as the creator, producer, writer
        and
        director of the 1960s series, which has become widely regarded as one of
        the
        most famous and intriguing cult TV series ever created, permanently
        altering
        the scope of the fantasy genre.

        Two-time Oscar nominee Sir Ian McKellen will co-star playing the role of
        "Number Two", the sinister head of The Village.

        ITV has confirmed that Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel will star in
        the
        network's reinvention of the 1960s thriller "The Prisoner" to be
        broadcast next
        year.

        Caviezel, who shot to fame playing the role of the idealist private Witt
        in
        "The Thin Red Line", has been cast in the Patrick McGoohan role as
        Number Six,
        the hero who finds himself trapped in a mysterious and surreal place
        known as
        The Village, with no memory of how he arrived.

        McKellen, who is best known globally for playing Gandalf in the Lord of
        the
        Rings movie trilogy, will take the role of Number Two, the sinister head
        of The
        Village.

        ITV Productions is co-producing the six-part series with Granada
        International
        and AMC, the US cable network behind the critically acclaimed Mad Men,
        with a
        worldwide premiere slated for 2009.

        Initially, ITV Productions and AMC developed the project for Sky One,
        but the
        satellite broadcaster pulled out of the project in early 2006.

        The original series debuted in 1967 and was created, written and
        produced by
        McGoohan.

        ITV today said the remake, which has been written by Bill Gallagher,
        "will
        reflect 21st century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security
        and
        surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense
        action
        and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan's enigmatic original".

        Gallagher, who scripted BBC1's Lark Rise to Candleford, said: "I was
        haunted by
        The Prisoner when I saw it as a boy on its first broadcast. Here was
        something
        that was more than television, something I couldn't quite grasp but
        couldn't
        let go of. It's a unique opportunity for a writer to be able to go back
        to The
        Village and tell some new stories about that strange place and its
        surreal
        menace.

        "We have a terrific cast and a wonderful director, so we hope to serve
        up
        something as beguiling and disturbing as the original was."

        The Prisoner is an AMC and ITV Productions co-production and the deal
        gives ITV
        Worldwide all international rights, as well as sales and remake right to
        the
        original series. ITV DVD holds home entertainment rights.

        Gallagher will also executive produce along with Michele Buck, Damien
        Timmer
        and Rebecca Keane for ITV, and AMC's Charlie Collier, Christina Wayne
        and Vlad
        Wolynetz.

        The series' producer is Trevor Hopkins, who recently worked on the BBC1
        Christmas adaptation of Dracula. The director is Jon Jones, whose
        credits
        include the ITV1 adaptation of Northanger Abbey and BBC4's The Alan
        Clark
        Diaries.

        $B7 To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email
        editor@... <mailto:editor%40mediaguardian.co.uk> or
        phone 020 7239 9857. For all other inquiries please call the main
        Guardian
        switchboard on 020 7278 2332.

        $B7 If you are writing a comment for publication, please mark clearly
        "for
        publication".

        About this articleClose This article was first published on
        guardian.co.uk on
        Monday June 30 2008. It was last updated at 18:02 on June 30 2008.





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