Prison Break ran for four seasons on Fox from 2005 to 2009. Now fans finally get a look at the first trailer for the reboot, which Fox is calling an “event series” in the official synopsis.
According to Collider, original Prison Break star Wentworth Miller will be reprising his role as Michael Scofield, with the action kicking off in Morocco when clues about Michael’s supposed survival. Michael’s brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) and wife Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) team up to plot Prison Break’s biggest escape ever with the help of many familiar faces.
Viewers thought they saw Michael die in order to break the mother of his son out of prison in Season 4, yet the new trailer shows Michael alive and well.
In the opening scene in the preview, Sara, now seven years older, sits with her son who asks, “What was my father like? My real father?”
“He was like a storm appearing suddenly out of a clear blue sky, and then disappear suddenly,” Sara tells Michael Jr., to which the child responds, “Storms – they can come back, can’t they?”
This reply sets up the entire premise of the show.
The following scenes show an intense sequence where Michael’s brother Lincoln tries to release his brother, who seems to want to take his fellow inmates with him.
Express reports that from the initial scene, it’s believed that Sara has moved on in the seven years since the series ended and found someone else who is acting as a father figure to Michael Jr.
As for the series past stint on the air, it started off strong during its first season. But after the thrilling prison break, the storyline stalled and the writers had a difficult time keeping the story moving while keeping viewer’s attention.
Despite that, bringing the series back for a reboot does sound enticing. Not only are the actors and actresses reprising their roles, but series creator Paul T. Scheuring is also back at the helm as writer/showrunner.
“I feel as though we told the story we intended to tell. That’s something that’s very rare in television – that you’re allowed closure – and we were,” Miller stated a year after Prison Break was over.
While Miller’s character was thought to be dead and gone, the actor himself moved on to join a new team on The CW’s The Flash andLegends of Tomorrow. During the superhero stint, Miller teamed up with former co-star Dominic Purcell, who plays Heatwave on both shows, as Miller suited up as Captain Cold.
The rejoining of Purcell and Miller sparked renewed hope for a Prison Break re-up.
“I think the studio always wanted to at some point revisit Prison Break, but at some point, Wentworth kind of semi-retired from the business,” Purcell shared with Digital Spy. “He’s jumped back into the fray now – and as soon as Wentworth was on board, that’s when the dominos started to fall.”
With renewed interest, Fox didn’t wait long to announce that 10 episodes of the reboot had been ordered. And once Miller and Purcell finished up filming on The Flash and Miller was killed off Legends of Tomorrow, filming for Prison Break began.
Meanwhile, the plot for Prison Break remains largely unknown. All fans have to go off of is the final words of the first trailer.
“For Family. For Love. For Justice. For Freedom.”
The new season of Prison Break is set to premiere in early 2017 as part of Fox’s midseason lineup.
So fans, tell us what you think. Are you excited to see Michael Scofield alive and well and ready to be busted out of prison when Prison Break returns? Let us know in the comments, and check out the preview below.
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