It's finally official now. The heads of Fox, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, have confirmed that Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller will both star in a Prison Break reboot that is currently being developed.
The original creator of Prison Break, Paul Scheuring will be on board as well. Fox heads announced at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that the scripts are being drafted for a 10-episode remake.
In case you're scratching your head and thinking: isn't Michael Scofield dead? Yes, you heard correctly, Wentworth Miller will be a part of it again despite the fact that his character, Scofield, was killed off at the end of the Prison Break movie spin-off.
The movie went straight to video, in case you're one of those people wondering why you haven't seen it in theatres, and its story line will apparently be ignored for the sake of the series' reboot. So indeed, it would appear that Scofield never actually died. How handy.
The new Prison Break series version will be somewhat of a sequel to the original show, Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden said. She continued to explain: "It picks up the characters several years after we left them in the last season of the show. The brothers will be back. Some of the iconic characters from that show will be back."
So it seems like it will be an interesting mix of the old, trusted and fresh aspects. The time jump in particular should be interesting. The original Prison Break ended in 2009 after four seasons of which the first two were acclaimed and the latter two were deemed only so so by most.
However, Netflix has kept airing all of them steadily over the last years to great ratings. The series managed to gain more and more of a steady fan base in that way. This will likely be the decision behind Fox to give Prison Break a makeover and in that way harness its newfound popularity.
Fox will also reboot another way older classic, The X-Files. Remaking of old series seems to have become somewhat of a trend lately. But why not, if it means we're getting good entertainment out of it. Stay tuned!