Back in August 2015, Fox brought the news that “Prison Break” would return as a 10-episode event series, with creator Paul Scheuring returning to run the show.
The announcement was made by FOX’s co-chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman at the 2015 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Beverly Hills.
During this year’s TCA press tour at Pasadena in California, more details regarding the much-anticipated revival series have been revealed.
Both Walden and Newman confirmed that Fox has officially ordered the revival to series, with original stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell returning to reprise their respective roles as brothers Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrows.
A promo teaser has been released as well, which you can view below:
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Plot details remain under wraps, but Walden and Newman previously described that the series is a “bit of a sequel” that takes place several years after the original series finale. It will also “address questions that were set up at the end the series for a new audience.”
Right now we’re thinking 9 (episodes). We’re trying to carve out our production schedule. Wentworth and Dom are obviously in CW shows right now so we’re trying to work our production schedule around theirs.
“Hopefully, we’re thinking late March,” she added.
The original series, which began airing in August 2005, starred Purcell as Burrows, an innocent man who was sentenced to jail for a crime he did not commit. His brother Scofield is a genius who comes up with an idea to break his brother out of prison, but it requires him to goes into prison as well.
The show ran for 4 seasons and wrapped up with a 2009 direct-to-video movie, “Prison Break: The Final Break”. A certain character died in the movie, but Newman said that the showrunner is “going to be ignoring the straight to video show”.
Walden, however, said, “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 — explanation for why our characters are alive and still moving around the world.”
The original producing team, including Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein, and Dawn Olmstead, will return to executive produce the new series.