July 28th, 2009

Crow: Silhouette

I Am Not a Number, I Am a Remake!

It looks like, after many years and rumors, at least one attempt to revise of "The Prisoner" is finally going to come to fruition.

Comic-Con extended trailer for "The Prisoner"

Dang it, it looks interesting, too! It's clearly very different from the original yet equally... compelling in its oddness?

In a way, I think it's a good choice. The original is so distinct and McGoohan so owned the character that I'm glad they chose a different aesthetic. But you can see the original's structure and themes. (And I'm not just talking about the fan service scene with the map, either.)

Looks like they've dropped the 60's psychedelia and hypnosis for more serious mind games, which is nice. Slightly different characters in No 2 (Ian McKellan? Dude!) and No 6, it would appear, though the same confrontation of wills.

And what of the ending? That remains to be seen. The original had such an "un-Hollywood" conclusion that any remake would almost certainly end up rewriting it. But how? (I just hope they don't punt and end with a big gunfight that avoids any real thematic and character closure.)

Okay, I think that's about all I can reasonably extrapolate from a 9 minute trailer. :)