Prison Break Reboot in Development at Hulu

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A reboot of Prison Break, the hit crime drama series from Fox, is currently in the early stages of development with the folks at Hulu, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Elgin James, known for his work on Mayans MC, will serve as showrunner for the revival. Though further details are largely being kept under wraps for now, THR adds that the series would be set in the same world as the original, which ran from 2005 to 2017. However, the new episodes won’t follow the central cast members fans already know, played by Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller — the latter of whom already announced in 2019 that,  as a gay man, he was “done” playing straight characters.

In the original Prison Break series, Miller and Purcell portrayed brothers Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield. Lincoln is sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit, while Michael then schemes up an elaborate plan to try to get his brother out of prison and clear his name. The series also starred Amaury Nolasco, Sarah Wayne Callies, Paul Adelstein, Rockmond Dunbar, Inbar Lavi, Mark Feuerstein, Robert Knepper, and Augustus Prew.

Prison Break ran for five seasons, and it already spurred a couple of spin-offs in that time. In 2006, Prison Break: Proof of Innocence was produced exclusively for mobile phones via SprintTV’s Fox station, and Fox also distributed a series of six online shorts known as Prison Break: Visitations shortly thereafter. It was announced in 2007 that a proper spinoff series called Prison Break: Cherry Hill was in development, though it never went into production.

The Prison Break reboot could be one of Hulu’s first original series to emerge following Disney’s full acquisition of the streaming platform.

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Prison Break Reboot in Development at Hulu
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