AMC has set a November premiere date for its highly anticipated reimagining of “The Prisoner.”
The cable network announced on Tuesday (Sept. 29) that the six-part miniseries of “The Prisoner” will premiere on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Two additional episodes will air in the same slot each of the following nights. And that’s it (unless the ratings are superb).
Jim Caviezel toplines the new “Prisoner” as Six, a man who wakes up in a mysterious and surreal place known only as The Village, a community of similarly dispossessed individuals known only by numbers. The Village is controlled by Two (Ian McKellen), who doesn’t take kindly to Six’s attempts to undermine his authority.
The miniseries was written by Bill Gallagher and directed by Nick Hurran and also features Lennie James, Hayley Atwell, Ruth Wilson and Jamie Campbell-Bower.
The “Prisoner” premiere comes the week after AMC ends the third season of “Mad Men,” so expect plenty of promotion. In a pairing that makes some level of conceptual sense, AMC will use an all-day “Matrix” trilogy marathon as the lead-in to the first installment of “The Prisoner.” That does, alas, assume that any sane human would willingly rewatch “The Matrix: Revolutions.”
The original Patrick McGoohan “Prisoner” is still available for streaming at AMC’s website.