A hugely addictive drama series in which Wentworth Miller’s architectural genius tattoos the blueprints to a prison building on his body, and deliberately gets himself locked up there so he can rescue his brother from death row. A fairly ingenious (if ludicrous) concept, and one that worked pretty well for the first series and a half, or so. After that it started to get a little exhausting…
The Movie Version:
A prison movie is nothing new, but the premise behind series one of
felt like a genuine freshening up of the genre. If that series could be condensed into a feature film, and the rest of the prison-hopping conspiracy-busting nonsense left on the cutting-room floor, we could be in business.
Now that Zac Efron is graduating into grown-up films, we actually think he’d make a pretty decent replacement for Wentworth Miller as put-upon escape artist Michael, whilst we’ll have Tom Hardy as his bruising older brother Lincoln. Meanwhile, Jena Malone will play Efron’s love interest, the sympathetic prison doctor, Sarah Tancredi.
Original Cast Cameo:
Robert Knepper’s terrifying redneck anti-hero T-Bag was the best thing about the original series, so we’d like to see him reprise the role here.
How Likely Is It?
They already filmed a TV movie to tie up the series’ loose ends, so an official Prison Break release seems unlikely. However, Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming movie
sounds more than a little similar, with Bruce Willis set to play Ray Breslin, “the world’s foremost authority on structural security” who is framed and banged-up in an escape-proof master prison he designed himself. Hmmm, very similar indeed…