Prisoner returns to TV!


Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel are headed to TV…. If only briefly.

Magneto and Jesus will team for a mini-series take on the old Patrick McGoohan series “The Prisoner”, according to Variety.

The show marks Caviezel’s first recurring TV role and McKellen’s second. “The Lord of the Rings” actor starred in 10 episodes of the BBC’s “Coronation Street” in 2005.

Written and exec produced by Bill Gallagher, who wrote the BBC’s six-episode crime mini “Conviction,” the new “Prisoner” will follow a man (Caviezel) who wakes up in a town called the Village and is given the number six in place of his name.

“There will be nods and winks and references back to the original, but I don’t think that they’ll feel in any way that their original has been tarnished,” said Executive Producer Christine Wayne. “Even though this would fall under sci-fi traditionally, this is a drama at its core.”

There was talk of a big-screen “Prisoner” at one stage – with Mel Gibson once touted to play the lead. Sounds like that idea’s been forgotten.