NBC Orders Futuristic Prison Drama Reminiscent of ‘Escape from New York’

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Escape From New York Reboot Prequel NBC Orders Futuristic Prison Drama Reminiscent of Escape from New York

Last year, novelist Seth Grahame-Smith saw his career blossom onto the big screen. The burgeoning screenwriter was responsible for a pair of prospective summer blockbusters in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – based on his own novel – and Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. However, both films had lackluster box office takes and similarly poor reviews.

Still, the disappointments haven’t stopped Grahame-Smith from moving on to other projects in the meantime. He reportedly did some revisions of the script for director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, and he is also attached to the long-rumored Beetlejuice 2. Now it looks like the writer is adding a TV series to his schedule.

According to Deadline, NBC has ordered a pilot for Paradise, a new drama from Grahame-Smith and producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow). Set in the late 21st century, the series takes place in Las Vegas, which has been converted into Paradise – the world’s largest maximum-security prison – and follows a doctor wrongly convicted of murder as he attempts to escape.

Prison Break TV Show NBC Orders Futuristic Prison Drama Reminiscent of Escape from New York

The concept does sound an awfully  lot like a mashup of Fox’s Prison Break and the cult classic film Escape from New York, which also saw a major metropolitan area transformed into a futuristic prison. Like Prison Break, Paradise could have trouble extending the core premise of a planned prison escape into enough story material to mine over the course of several seasons, should the show land with viewers. However, series like Oz and the current Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black have proven that shows set in prison can be compelling for viewers, provided they bring the right approach.

Paradise is just the latest series in a continuing trend of futuristic shows on their way to television, with recent news that CBS has placed a series order for the Steven Spielberg produced Extant. Additionally, Berlanti is currently on a hot streak with the success of Arrow, a Flash spin-off in development and plans to direct Epsilon from Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Perhaps Paradise could build off its premise and the growing popularity of both Berlanti and Grahame-Smith to become an unexpected success.

Do you think Paradise will prove to be a must-see new series, or has the concept of a prison-set drama lost its novelty? Sound off in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates on Paradise.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Geez, I don’t know how in the world Seth Grahame Smith is getting all this work.

    • I agree. His movie scripts are horrible though he seems to be attached to horrible stuff…I mean Beetlejuice 2 and F4?

  2. Well, the only prison-based drama I’ve ever seen was the terrible Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H so I’d be game as long as it wasn’t terrible like AL: VH was (didn’t bother watching Dark Shadows, the trailers looked horrible).

    They could get away with a few seasons if the whole of Vegas becomes the prison because that’s a lot of square mileage to cover in terms of settings. Anything could happen within a big prison city like that.

    • I do think that DC should let MOS 2 just be Superman again. What gets me is that as soon as the fans were starting to be cool with DC taking awhile to bring Batman into it again (reboot or whatever), BOOM! They have to go and rush Batman back into the mix on the movie screen. MOS made enough to call for a sequel and if they would have just brought in one of Superman’s other rivals, than I believe the fans would have been cool with it because no other villian (other than Lex or Zod) has been on the big screen.

      • Buh? I think you’re in the wrong thread.

      • Its heavily rumoured that Orlando Bloom has been offered Batman role,simply a terrible choice.

        He looks like a nice guy and is a decent actor but he is wrong for this.

        The above TV show sounds good,would definitely watch it.

  3. Wen I read it I hoped it would be more like OZ crazy I know

  4. Wouldn’t it be more of a mash-up between Prison Break and… I don’t know… Escape from L.A.?

  5. With the United States having 25% of the worlds prisoners it’s become a way of life.

  6. I think the version of escape from new york with sean connery in it was really the best. he was a great snake plisskin and an even better batman. actually the connery batman will probably be known overall as the best. plus he did moonraker which was the best bond film even though that was the only bond film he ever did.

    • Jesus, where to even start… Do you know who Sean Connery is? And I mean the Sean Connery who didn’t play Snake Plissken or Batman and was in 6 Bond films. Snake Plissken = Kurt Russell. Moonraker = Roger Moore.

      • On what planet was Roger Moore in Moonraker? He did Majestic Secret Service and Bright Lights, Big City but Connery did Moonraker. Also I’ve attached a link to the Connery/Plisskin scenes and Connery/Batman scenes. See them here:

        • Wait, how come the link desn’t work. Wait.

  7. i wish batman could merge with this. then we could get sean connery to return as the greatest batman. he really did a good job and certainly fit the cowl better than martin short, runner up for the role.