Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct Film Adaptation of Classic British Sci-Fi Show, "The Prisoner"

Friday, 08 January 2016 - 4:09PM
Friday, 08 January 2016 - 4:09PM
After his huge success with The Martian, Ridley Scott is in early talks to direct another sci-fi film project: an adaptation of the psychedelic 1960s British TV show, The Prisoner. The film has been in the works for some time now, attracting high-profile Hollywood writers like Christopher McQuarrie and The Departed screenwriter William Monahan, and now Deadline reports that Scott may be along for the ride as well, pending final script approval, of course.

The Prisoner, which aired in 1968, was a 17-episode series that followed a man known as Number 6, a British secret agent who is held hostage in a mysterious village to be coerced into revealing information when he abruptly tries to leave the country. The series has a surreal, absurdist feel to it, so it's difficult to pin down a genre, but it definitely has sci-fi/fantasy elements to it, particularly in the form of a large white ball that absorbs and kills you when you try to leave town. Christopher Nolan was previously attached to a film version, but it was previously adapted into a remake miniseries in 2009, starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen.

Scott is already working on a Prometheus sequel, but Alien: Covenant will start filming soon and he hasn't set a film for after it finishes production. There will reportedly be more than one Prometheus sequel on the docket, but it's possible that Scott will direct The Prisoner in between those films.
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