At age 78, Ridley Scott is showing no sign of slowing down. Quite the opposite, in fact; he just keeps adding more and more projects to his plate and it would seem that the success of The Martian has only helped him gain even more momentum. This week we are hearing that he is circling a big screen adaptation of the ’60s spy-fi series The Prisoner. The project has been floating around for at least a few years now with Christopher Nolan reportedly attached at one point, but hopefully Scott will have the clout to finally push this one through. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Deadline, Ridley Scott is in early negotiations to direct The Prisoner for Universal. The movie will be based on the British cult classic TV series starring Patrick McGoohan that ran from 1967 to 1968. The most recent draft of the script was penned by William Monahan (The Departed) although Scott will likely oversee some additional rewrites.
The original show revolved around a former secret agent who is abducted and held prisoner in a mysterious coastal village resort where he is monitored and interrogated. It was remade in 2009 by AMC as a poorly received 6-episode mini-series starring Jim Caviezel and Ian McKellen. There is a ton of potential here for something great, but first up, he has Alien: Covenant to worry about (not to mention all of the stuff he is producing). Are you excited to see a big screen take on The Prisoner from Ridley Scott?