Fox Confirms Prison Break Revival
Fox has locked up the return of Prison Break.
The network first hinted at the idea a year ago, and now, much like Fox’s revivals of 24 and The X-Files, a new limited-run revival is in the works.
Fox Entertainment Group chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden announced the firm go on Thursday as part of the network’s Television Critics Association press tour. “We describe it as a bit of a sequel,” Walden said. “It picks up the characters several years after we left them… it will address some questions set up at the end of the series.”
The show’s two main stars, Dominic Purcell (as Lincoln Burrows) and Wentworth Miller (as Michael Scofield) are back.
Creator Paul Scheuring is currently in the middle of writing the 10-episode event.
Why Prison Break and why now? According to Walden, the show presents a great global opportunity for 20th Century Fox TV, which she and Newman also oversee. “Prison Break had the great opportunity to be viewed by a whole new audience at Netflix,” she saud. “We know it was one of the most successful library shows they have platformed. There’s an enthusiasm. People are still really excited by these characters.”
Prison Break ran for 81 episodes over four seasons, from 2005 to 2009. A direct-to-DVD feature, Prison Break: The Final Break, was released in 2009. Although one of the characters died in that feature, Scheuring is working around that.
Fox said there’s no return date yet for Prison Break.
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