It’s the reboot we’ve all been waiting for as Prison Break makes a return to our screens as part of FOX’s Fall 2016/17 lineup.
The original series, which ran from 2005 to 2009, starred Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell as the beleaguered Scofield brothers. (The pair were recently reunited but sadly under-utilized on the CW’s superhero series Legends of Tomorrow).
When big brother Lincoln (Purcell) was famously sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, Michael (Miller) devised an elaborate plan — including a full body tattoo — to help his brother escape prison and clear his name, finally managing to do so after 4 seasons, an official video game and a collection of Golden Globe noms for the cast and crew.
The new mid-season event series will reunite original stars Miller and Purcell, along with Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein for a new adventure the Network teases will “span the globe.”
“The idea to restart Prison Break came out of a conversation between myself and Dominic [Purcell],” said Miller during FOX’s Upfront presentations recently. “We were really united on another set playing completely different characters. We hadn’t seen each other maybe five years since Prison Break ended, and out of that back-and-forth and off of having a good time we had this idea. What if we revisited Prison Break and did that kind of ‘where are they now?’ catch-up. And we took the idea to FOX to see if there was interest on their end, and there was.”
The rebooted series will see clues surfacing that a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael Scofield may be alive, his brother, Lincoln Burrows reunites with Michael’s wife, Sara and Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees to engineer the series’ biggest breakout ever.
“The reboot picks up about seven years after the original series ended,” explained Miller. “Lincoln has moved on. Sara has moved on. She is now raising Michael’s son and they are all trying to put the pieces of their lives back together as best as they can and then they discover that all is not as it seems.”
Are you happy to see Prison Break return for a victory lap after all these years? Miller certainly is, and promised to bring something extra to the role.
“I am excited to work with everyone again,” he confessed. “I’m excited for the built-in reunion that this will be, I think that this is why the fans are probably excited to primarily to see some familiar faces. I am also excited to revisit the character of Michael Scofield. I first started playing that character when I was 33, I am now 43, and I will be bringing a different kind of weight and perspective and maturity to the role.”
Prison Break hits TV screens Tuesday, April 4 at 9/8c on FOX.