Sky beaten to the punch for The Prisoner?

The PrisonerThere have been rumours for quite a long time (for which, read ‘decades’) of a movie version of classic 60s show The Prisoner. For some time, Mel Gibson was going to do a version. Guess what. He’s not any more.

Then there was all the excitement back in May about the possibility of Christopher Eccleston appearing in a TV remake for Sky. Nothing more’s been heard about that. With ITV, who were going to make the show for Sky, busy imploding, that’s no surprise.

Today, news comes from Variety that Christopher Nolan, director of Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, as well as the forthcoming The Prestige and The Dark Knight, is being lined up by Universal to direct a film version. Janet and David Peoples are set to write the script, a “contemporized transformation”. Scott Stuber, Mary Parent, Barry Mendel and Emma Thomas will produce. Nolan will direct after he completes The Dark Knight, which begins production early next year.

Not sure how this all works out rights-wise: did ITV/Sky skimp on the rights and only buy the TV rights? Did Universal still own the film rights but not the TV rights from the movie’s various years in development? And will Sky be more or less inclined to do a remake, if there’s a film version coming our way soon?

So many questions, so few answers. How appropriate.

If you want to know more about The Prisoner, here’s the title sequence (one of the candidates for ‘Best sci-fi title sequence ever’ from yesterday), which pretty much explains the plot.