It is definitely, absolutely, finally confirmed; cult Fox drama Prison Break is coming back to our screens. Fans have been in a frenzy since January, when rumours of a reboot started circulating, and were buoyed by a TV Line exclusive in June, but still Fox had so far refused to comment. However, CEO and Chairman Gary Newman broke the Internet Thursday by settling the speculation once and for all – a 10-episode Prison Break revival will hit our screens next year.
Speaking at the TCA Summer Tour in Los Angeles, Newman smoothed over the, ahem, small problem of escape mastermind Michael Scofield being very loudly and obviously electrocuted at the end of season five. That (quite important) plot point will just be “ignored”.
To be fair, this isn’t the first time that a Prison Break character has been resurrected. Sara Tancredi, prison doctor and love interest of Scofield, was killed off in season three but was alive and kicking a year later.
Dana Walden, Fox Co-Chairman and CEO, elaborated on the new series: “I would describe it as a bit of a sequel. 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”. With death apparently not a hindrance to a character’s reappearance, just which of the Fox River Eight will be returning? As long as T-Bag is there I’ll be happy.
Wentworth Miller, who played Scofield, first floated the idea of a series return when he and onscreen brother, Dominic Purcell, guested on The CW’s The Flash.
Speaking at the Winter TCA Press Tour earlier this year, Miller said, “When I got back together with Dom and we’re spending time together on set and having so much fun and all these memories came back to me, I thought wouldn’t it be cool if we could potentially revisit that world? And I think that’s a really smart model”.
As we eagerly await further details, and plot theories spin across social media, Walden leaves us with a tempting hint on what is to come. “It’s going to take a little bit of a detour from where we left off [with the straight-to-DVD coda] but it should feel very satisfying and event-ized. Fans will be excited about seeing these characters back together again”.
Excited? Oh Dana, you have no idea.