‘Prison Break’ Season 5 Release Date Conflict With ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’ Is Like ‘Tetris,’ Says Sarah Wayne Callies

The Prison Break sequel is still happening, but so far Fox has yet to announce an exact Prison Break Season 5 release date for the 2016 premiere. The problem is that actors Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are both appearing in 16 episodes of Warner Bros’ Legends Of Tomorrow, while the Prison Break revival is being produced by 20th Century Fox. The two companies are currently trying to work out a solution for sharing these main actors, but actress Sarah Wayne Callies (who plays Michael Scofield’s wife, Sara Tancredi) says this production process is like the classic video game Tetris.

News of the Prison Break series conflict with Legends Of Tomorrow first came from actor Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), who confirmed that both companies are currently “negotiating the complexities” of a potential deal. It’s also been revealed they may only produce nine episodes instead of the original plans for 10 new Prison Break episodes. Purcell wouldn’t say whether it is possible the Prison Break sequel could be slightly delayed by these negotiations, but he confirmed that Fox is “moving forward” for a 2016 Prison Break season release date.

“There are a lot of moving parts to that conversation,” Miller explained. “But we are hopeful that we’ll be able to shoot something this spring. Prison Break is taking its cue from Legends, which is the priority. So we’re aiming for spring.”

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This past week, Callies also spoke about the Prison Break release date during the TCA Press Tour. The actress is currently starring in USA’s Colony, but she told Digital Spy that she is cautiously optimistic the Prison Break sequel will begin filming in the spring.

“They’re trying to make it work, I’m trying to make it work – it’s a bit of Tetris with everyone’s schedules because we all have other jobs,” Callies said. “I think stay tuned for that resolution. We’re all moving forward with a lot of good will on both sides.”

All in all, she expects the two companies reach a negotiations agreement within “the next six to eight weeks,” so it seems reasonable that Fox may announce the official Prison Break Season 5 release date by the end of March.


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March 20, 2016 is the start of spring; although, it’s possible both Purcell and Callies were not being that specific in regard to the timing. Regardless, even if they do start filming by the end of the March, the delay between when a TV show starts filming and when it is aired can often be more than a month. Based upon this premise, it seems safe to bet that the Prison Break Season 5 release date may be set somewhere between late April to early June at the earliest. Only Fox knows for certain. The Prison Break premiere date will also need to take into account competing shows and seasonal releases, so it’s possible fans may have to wait until the fall of 2016.

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Callies also claimed that the Prison Break script is being written right now, which will define the actors and actresses necessary for production in addition to the location. TVLine reports that Robert Knepper may return as T-Bag, and the original production team will include series creator Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead.

Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden also revealed the Prison Break location will be international; not in the United States.

“The story unravels on an international landscape — it’s not a domestic [plot],” she said. “We open on a very international contemporary-feeling story.”

An international location makes sense based upon the events of The Final Break. The last time audiences saw Dominic Purcell’s Lincoln Burrow and Sarah Wayne Callies’ Sara Tancredi, they were both boarding a boat to the Dominican Republic. Wentworth Miller’s Michael Scofield had supposedly just died, but Walden already said Prison Break Season 5 will explain how Michael lives.

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