A remake of The Prisoner has been talked about for some time – but now it’s finally been confirmed.
ITV has announced that a six-part ‘reinvention’ is set to go into production, starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen. Caviezel takes the role of Number Six while McKellen will appear throughout the series in the role of Number Two. It’s not a straight remake – according to ITV, the new show 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’.
According to McKellen: ‘Bill Gallagher’s new version of ‘The Prisoner’ is an enthralling commentary on modern culture. It is witty, intelligent and disturbing. I am very excited to be involved.’ We’ll remain unconvinced about the whole thing until we see it with our own eyes – that’s likely to be 2009.