Following yesterday’s news that Fox is developing another 24 reboot without series star Kiefer Sutherland, this next bit of news should probably come as no surprise. According to TV Line, the network is also eyeing a limited series revival of Prison Break. At least this one is said to have its original stars attached. Like last year’s 24: Live Another Day event series, this new chapter of the Prison Break saga would be an open-and-closed story.
Prison Break originally aired on Fox from 2005 to 2009 and starred Wentworth Millerand Dominic Purcell. The actors recently reunited when they both guest-starred on The CW’s freshman series The Flash. They will reunite again when they reprise those same roles on the series’ spin-off, the network’s new midseason drama DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
But why is this happening now? Was their brief on-screen reunion enough to trick Fox executives into thinking this was a good idea? Well, we know Fox has been thinking about it since at least January, when Chairmen and CEO Gary Newman told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that the network would “bring it back in a heartbeat.” He added that “it would make a perfect event series.”
He’s not wrong. Prison Break was a drama that should only have existed as a limited event series. So why are they trying to stretch this story into even more?