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A remake of the Prisoner?
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Could be interesting
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I don't care
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 10:56 am    Post subject: Spare the Prisoner... Reply with quote

...from the 21st Century plague that is remakes. Mad

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Utterly nauseating. The Prisoner, like the Wicker Man, is a product of its time as much as anything else. It's 60s oddness just won't translate to a modern remake. And will it still be filmed in Portmeirion? Probably not. Gah!
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't want to dismiss it out of hand just yet, so I say it "could be interesting."

I saw a couple episodes of the original years ago when it was on a syndicated run. I'm afraid I never really got into the show, but a friend of mine became a huge fan and taped all the episodes.

I just wonder how Patrick McGoohan feels about the remake. He is the Prisoner to many.

Just as Patrick MacNee is (and always will be) John Steed from The Avengers, another iconic 60's series. This show I loved, but it got turned into that lifeless, clueless 1998 movie with Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman. Which was a total shame, because I like these two actors. The Avengers remake was an abomination that failed to capture any of the spirit of the TV show.

I hope that a similar fate doesn't befall the Prisoner remake. One thing in its favor is Christopher Eccleston, if he is indeed taking the role. He won me over as the new Dr. Who, so I wouldn't mind seeing how he tackles yet another cherished TV icon with its own set of loyal fans.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just wonder how Patrick McGoohan feels about the remake. He is the Prisoner to many.

He is the Prisoner in more ways than one. He came up with the concept, wrote many of the scripts (including the cornerstone first and last episodes) and composed the theme music. I'd certainly be interested to discover his opinion.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd certainly be interested to discover his opinion.


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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the people behind the remake are from Florida, they have problems. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If the people behind the remake are from Florida, they have problems. Laughing


Laughing I hear dAN and aTOMic hope to audition.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no interest in auditioning. I've seen probably 10 or so episodes of the Prisoner. If I hadn't I woudn't have understood some of the gags from the Simpsons that involved a puffy white baloon that somehow has the power to render one helpless (unless of course one has a needle or any other sharp object handy. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

could be interesting. but most likely won't be.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hit "Bad", but only because it was 1% more than my feeling of "Could be interesting"

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This is so true, CovJr. I totally agree. You cannot recreate that 60's weirdness. But, you can create a 'new' weirdness. Remember Twin Peaks? C'mon that was great! Now if they can get some talented 'visionary guys with a modern weirdness .. "it could be interesting"...
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so we get David Lynch or Tim Burton to do the remake. both have great films and both have terrible films.
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found the final episode quite Lynchian, and it actually pre-dates most of Lynch's career.

I'm still opposed. Though if it absolutely must be done, I'd quite like to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Number Six. That might not work, but he certainly has presence and intensity when he's given something to work with.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Prisoner is one of my fav shows of all time--I'll watch anything associated with it, even a remake. Agreed that PM MADE the show and will always be #6--however he is Edward the Longshanks to me indelibly after that killer performance in Braveheart. And don't forget Secret Agent (Danger Man) which was an incredibly cool show in it's own right. Cool It was a logical progression for me: John Drake knew too much and subsequently became The Prisoner...many people feel this way...
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. Although McGoohan has categorically said this wan't his intention, it's pretty strongly implied.
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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He is the Prisoner in more ways than one. He came up with the concept, wrote many of the scripts (including the cornerstone first and last episodes) and composed the theme music. I'd certainly be interested to discover his opinion.


Yeah, he properly went down the method route with that one. Even built the Lotus 7 used in the show himself ("I built that car with my own hands!"). With shows like Battlestar Galactica, it wasn't hard to see that a darker, grittier approach could work very well. The Prisoner was a very edgey show to begin with, I can't see how a remake could be anything other than a vehicle for some failing movie actor or other.

I even heard they were going to remake Barbarella at one point, with Drew Barrymore replacing Jane Fonda Mad
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well at least Drew Barrymore's a better choice than Drew Carey...
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like Drew Barrymore, especially when she touches her elbows together behind her back....
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PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then you must have been watching the network broadcast of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle last night. I had to turn it off right away the special effects were completely unbelievable, especially the way they tryed to fit all those damm teeth in Cameron Diaz's mouth!> Big Grin Shocked Shocked Razz
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What? Oh, Drew was an angel. Haven't seen that movie yet. I'll check in flicks to see if it's worth renting....
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I like Drew Barrymore, especially when she touches her elbows together behind her back....


I think I saw that move in Poison Ivy.



I can't imagine a Prisoner remake that will be as strange-odd-bizzare-original as the 60's show. It was well written and well acted yet hokey and campy. There is definitely a 60's imprint stamped on every aspect of the show.

I suppose the concept could be remade, but that whole 60's thing should rest in peace otherwise like the Avengers, it too will be unoriginal and lifeless.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers as number six? Absolutely!



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