Ridley Scott in talks to direct long-awaited The Prisoner film adaptation

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Jan 11, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

As if he wasn’t busy enough with Alien: Covenant and the Blade Runner sequel on his plate, Ridley Scott is looking to add another A-list sci-fi project to the list.

Deadline reports Scott is in early talks to direct a feature-film adaptation of the cult-hit 1968 TV series The Prisoner. Universal has been trying to get this one off the ground for years, with everyone from Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) to William Monahan (The Departed) writing drafts over the years. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) also flirted with a film version back in 2009, but it eventually fizzled out.

The basic story follows a prisoner (get it?) who is a former government agent who finds himself imprisoned in a mysterious seaside village after resigning from his post. Once there, he knows too much to escape, though others are after him to gain whatever knowledge he may possess. It’s a freaky, twisty thriller with some nice conspiracy and sci-fi undertones, and seems like ripe territory for Scott to mine.

The original British series ran from 1967 to 1968, and a remake miniseries hit AMC in 2009. But this will mark the first time it's ever been adapted for the big screen (assuming it actually makes it out of development).

What do you think? Is Scott the right man to finally pull this one off?


(Via Deadline)