It’s been proven that a complex, classic character like Sherlock Holmes can be reborn on the page and screen multiple times, and even simultaneously exist in a successful film franchise and two alternate reality TV series. Revisiting more modern stories can be a trickier proposition, but FOX is hoping that its 2005 series Prison Break is worthy of at least one more revival.
While some recent big-to-small-screen reboots, like Minority Report and Rush Hour, haven’t fared well in the ratings, continuations of older series may be a more solid investment. This year’s return of ’90s sci-fi phenomenon The X Files scored big for FOX, and there’s already talk of adding yet another season. After a somewhat disappointing end to the original Prison Break series, fans were ready to see brothers Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) back in action.
One secret to a successful revival is getting as many of the original cast to participate as possible. Prison Break boasts the return of its two main characters, which is quite a coup for fans since Scofield was supposed to be dead at the end of season 4. In the latest featurette from FOX, which you can watch above, it’s clear that fans will be getting more familiar faces in the new series. This includes three of the “Fox River Eight,” fellow prison escapees Sucre (Amaury Nolasco), T-Bag (Robert Knepper), and C-Note (Rockmond Dunbar).
All will be taking part in the show’s “biggest escape” yet, which involves getting the suddenly resurrected Scofield out of a prison in Yemen — a location that adds an extra level of danger. As executive producer Dawn Olmstead says “All the people that you loved from the original Prison Break will all play a very significant role in helping Michael and Lincoln get out of that country.” This means we’ll also see Michael’s wife Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) in on the action.
The cast and showrunners tease a story that is bigger than a mere prison break, with layers of intrigue involving governments, terrorism, and unknown threats. But in keeping with its origins, Miller promises that the the revival will still rely heavily on themes of “loyalty, family, and sacrifice.” Bigger isn’t necessarily better, so fans can only hope that including the “whole world” won’t make the plot too convoluted. Prison Break will do best if it focuses most on the characters and the relationships that made the show popular in the first place, and the latest video seems to indicate that’s part of the plan at least. For his part, actor Purcell seems to think this revival will be “better than the original.”
Prison Break will air on Thursdays @9pm starting sometime in the spring of 2017 on FOX.