After months of rumours, Fox has finally confirmed that they are moving forward with a Prison Break limited event series. The project, which is likely to run ten episodes, will not be a reboot but a revival, in the same vein as 24: Live Another Day and the upcoming X-Files event series.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Fox toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman said that both Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller are on-board to reprise their roles and series creator Paul Scheuring is currently penning the scripts for the revival. It should be noted, however, that while the event series is in active development, it has not yet received an official series order.
Dana Walden also clued reporters in on how the Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) character, who perished in the direct-to-DVD movie The Final Break, would be brought back, saying that producers would simple “ignore” the character’s death. “It’s going to take a detour from where we left off but it should feel very satisfying and eventised. Fans will be excited about seeing these characters back together again.”
Other announcements made during the network’s executive panel include:
– Bones and Sleepy Hollow will crossover on October 29th. In the Bones episode, the grisly discovery of human remains lead Brennan and Booth on a hunt for clues, during which they encounter Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills, who team up to solve the mystery. On the Sleepy Hollow episode Ichabod and Abbie need advanced forensic help and expertise to stop Icahbod’s old nemesis and turn to Brennan and Booth to unlock 18th century secrets using 21st century science.
– Fox is teaming with Empire creator Lee Daniels for a new drama pilot titled Star. Like Empire, it is set in the world of music and will tell the story of three young women, all with hopes of making it big, and the choices they’re faced with along the way. It will showcase the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, while also exploring cultural themes from a new perspective. What would you do to rise to the top? 20th Century Fox Television is producing.
– Jason Sudeikis is set to reprise his role on the sophomore season of The Last Man On Earth. Sudeikis appeared briefly as Phil Miller’s (Forte) astronaut brother who has been stuck in space after a virus decimated the earth’s population, except for a handful of survivors.
– International musician Pitbull has signed on to guest star and perform on the second season of Empire. He will play himself and perform “No Doubt About It” with Jamal (Jussie Smollett), in an episode slated to air this fall. Pitbull joins a prestigious list of actors and musicians who will make appearances on Empire, including Chris Rock, Kelly Rowland, Marisa Tomei, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Adam Rodriguez, among others.
– Fox is moving forward with development on a 24 reboot. Howard Gordon is supervising development, while the script is being written by long-time scribes Manny Cotto and Evan Katz. This would be a full reboot and will NOT feature Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. It is presently unclear if the new series would revolve around a character from the original series or Live Another Day. Fox execs have yet to see a script.
– The future of Wayward Pines is still under consideration, with Fox “open” to moving forward with a second season. M. Night Shyamalan has previously stated in press interviews that he had a plan for a second season, which was largely set up in the events of the season one finale.
– X-Men may be coming to Fox as a long-running TV series before long, as has been speculated for the past few months. “We’re in negotiations with Marvel”, Dana Walden told reporters. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to announce something soon.