Christopher Nolan is apparently close to signing a deal to direct a movie version of the classic 60s British television series The Prisoner. The movie will be based on a scrip by Janet and David Peoples.
The Prisoner, which ran for one season of 17 episodes in 1967, starred Patrick McGoohan as an unnamed government agent who after resigning is kidnapped and held in a place simply called the Village. The show revolves around Number Six (as he is designated) attempting to escape while Number Two (played by different actors each week) attempts to extract some information from him.
Christopher Nolan is of course hot off his successful Batman movie Batman Begins which has resurrected the Batman movie franchise. The current plan is for Nolan to direct the modernized version of The Prisoner some time after he finished The Dark Knight which is the sequel to Batman Begins. Janet and David Peoples wrote the script for Twelve Monkeys together and David Peoples co-wrote Blade Runner so they do have some writing credentials.
Personally I’m a huge fan of The Prisoner. It was a quirky series that really could only have been made in Britain in the 60s (and even then it’s surprising that it lasted 17 episodes). I’m a little nervous about the idea of modernizing the story. I do hope they keep some of the surreal elements which the series used (largely due to its budget constraints).
I’m also wondering who they would get to play Patrick McGoohan’s role of Number Six?eoghann.com..