The upcoming reboot of Fox’s Prison Break could be extended with more episodes beyond those previously planned, the show’s leading star Wentworth Miller has teased. A limited nine episode reboot of the hugely successful Prison Break is set to hit screens in either late 2016 or early 2017. A recent revelation from Miller suggests that if the series is well received by fans, the producers could push forward with another series. However, that will ultimately depend on the success of the reboot.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Wentworth Miller confirmed that the idea of more episodes beyond the limited reboot is on the table, saying “The reboot is nine new episodes airing in spring 2017, and then depending on how it’s received, and who’s available, there could be another conversation about another bite of the apple. We’ll see…”
The series, which gained a cult following between 2005 and 2009 was confirmed to be returning for a limited revival last year. Wentworth Miller, alongside a number of other key cast members from the original series will reprise their roles in the upcoming reboot. However, both the show’s producers and network Fox were keen to stress that Prison Break’s revival would be a limited one, with no chance of the series being extended beyond the aforementioned nine episodes already confirmed.
Speaking about the reboot, Miller was pretty hush about the details, saying “I can tell you it’s seven years later, and you can expect a lot more of the same things that you loved the first time around. And it will also be quite different as the characters have changed, so my character in particular is no longer just a hero – he’s a few other things as well. I think the fans will get a kick out of it.” However, the star is clearly confident that fans of the original Prison Break will enjoy the reboot.
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Of course, there’s always been one big problem standing in the way of a Prison Break reboot. When the series ended with Prison Break: The Final Break in 2006, Miller’s character Michael Schofield had died. With that in mind, there’s been a good deal of concern amongst fans as to how the show’s producers will introduce Michael back into the story. However, according to the Australian News Networth, Miller, the show’s producers and everyone else involved is confident that the change in the story will be seamless.
The original Prison Break series ended in 2009 with Sara Tancredi, played by Sarah Wayne-Callies incarcerated for the death of Michael’s mother. Miller’s character devises a plan to free Sara, however, in the end, knowing that he is dying from a brain tumor, Michael sacrifices himself for Sara to escape. Fans of the series were incredibly shocked to see the show ending with Miller’s character dead, not least because it ruled out the possibility of a reboot involving the character in the future.
Miller has been actively involved in the development of the Prison Break reboot, also confirming to Digital Spy that he feels a huge amount of responsibility in creating a series that fans of the original show will love. He’s also keen to ensure that the reboot only adds to the value of the original show.
Prison Break will return for a limited reboot in early 2017, which has the potential to be followed by more episodes depending on the success of the reboot.
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