(with thanks to Lew Stringer for the link): A top Sky boss has admitted the much-touted The Prisoner remake, rumoured at one time to have starred Christopher Eccleston, has been dropped.
In a recent interview for news site Digital Spy, Richard Woolfe, head of Sky One and offshoots Sky Two and Three, revealed the project had been abandoned.
“The Prisoner is not happening,” he explained. “It’s a very quintessentially British drama and there were too many creative differences trying to share it with an American partner. I didn’t want to be responsible for taking something that is quintessentially British and adapting it in a way that I didn’t feel was reflective of the way people would remember it and the way people would want it to be. So we called time on that.”
Granada International announced last December that it had joined up with US movie network AMC to co-produce a new version of The Prisoner for Sky One, based on the cult 1960s show which starred Patrick McGoohan.
It was expected to go into production in the spring and premiere in 2008, based on scripts written by Bill Gallagher, creator and writer of Conviction and Clocking Off.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.