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I Am Not a Number, I Am a Remake! [Jul. 28th, 2009|12:10 am]
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. :)

[User Picture]From: m_tiger
2009-07-28 07:20 am (UTC)
Oooh, thanks for posting! I had no idea they released a trailer. :D
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From: avon_deer
2009-07-28 07:48 am (UTC)
My boss was a big fan of the original, and I remember him telling me about the death threats that McGoohan got following the unsatisfactory ending.
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[User Picture]From: frysco
2009-07-28 02:56 pm (UTC)
No 2 (Ian McKellan? Dude!)

Seriously! He's like a more modern day version of Leo McKern ;)

And 'Rover' is in it!! How could they have done this without 'Rover'?
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2009-07-28 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I feel skeptical, yet open-minded.
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[User Picture]From: spazfox
2009-07-28 04:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reminding me to check out the original.
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