FOX UK Acquires ‘Prison Break’ Revival

Prison Break is returning to the UK. FOX UK has secured the exclusive UK broadcast rights to the nine-episode revival after striking a deal with sister company Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, TVWise has learned. The series is set to premiere on the channel next month, mere days behind the U.S. premiere.

“It’s been 8 years, but the gripping break-out series, Prison Break, is set for release. The terrific cast reprise their celebrated roles as they return for a daring escape that rivals any that came before. Prepare for a heart-pounding thrill ride with fierce loyalty, sacrifice and family at its core. It’s escapism at its best!”, said Toby Etheridge, Head of Programming for Fox Networks Group UK. Prison Break joins FOX’s April line-up hot on the heels of the recent reboot 24: Legacy and alongside Outcast and The Walking Dead.”

This is a real coup for FOX UK. Given that the original series aired on Sky1, there had been an expectation that the satcaster would make a strong play for this revival. This also marks the second major deal for FOX UK this year, after they previously swooped for the exclusive rights to 24: Legacy. Notably, both 24: Legacy and Prison Break are the first major scripted dramas produced for the U.S. Fox network to land on FOX UK, who in years past have found themselves unable to compete with the buying power of Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky.

From Paul T. Scheuring, Prison Break originally followed Michael Scofield, a young man determined to save his convicted brother, Lincoln Burrows, from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape from prison. In the new event series  clues surface that suggest a previously thought-to-be-dead Michael may be alive. Lincoln and Sara reunite to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever, as three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, are pulled back into the action.

The nine episode event series, penned by series creator Paul T. Scheuring, was officially commissioned by Fox late last year and was shot primarily on location in Morocoo. 20th Century Fox Television is producing, with original series stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Rockmond Dunbar and Paul Adelstein reprising their roles. Paul T. Scheuring, Vaun Wilmott, Michael Horowitz, Dawn Olmstead, Nelson McCormick, Marty Adelstein and Neal Moritz serve as executive producers