EXCLUSIVE: A fan favorite series, Prison Break, is poised for a comeback. Hulu is in early development on a new incarnation of the Fox drama. It is written and executive produced by Mayans M.C. co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Elgin James under his Sierra Drive banner, in his first project following the conclusion of the hit FX series.
Described as a new chapter, the new installment is set in the world of Prison Break, sources tell Deadline. Details are being kept under wraps but it is not expected to involve the characters who were at the center of the original series and its followups on Fox, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows’ (Dominic Purcell), we hear.
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The new Prison Break series stems from James’ deal with 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios, which produced the original and serves as the studio on the new offshoot. James executive produces alongside Prison Break creator/executive producer Paul Scheuring and the original series’ executive producers Dawn Olmstead, Marty Adelstein and Neal Moritz.
The original Prison Break, which debuted in 2005, followed Michael Scofield (Miller), a young man determined to prove his convicted brother Lincoln Burrows’ (Purcell) innocence and save him from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape from prison.
Other notable cast members included Amaury Nolasco, Sarah Wayne Callies, Paul Adelstein, Rockmond Dunbar, Inbar Lavi, Mark Feuerstein, Robert Knepper and Augustus Prew.
The series aired on Fox for four seasons followed by a made-for-TV film titled The Final Break which aired 12 days after the Season 4 finale in 2009 to wrap things up. A 2015 Prison Break sequel limited series starring Miller and Purcell, also on Fox, served as a fifth season.
For the following couple of years, Fox continued to explore another installment of Prison Break, which did not materialize. Meanwhile, Disney in 2019 acquired 21st Century Fox assets, including Prison Break studio 20th Television, which no longer is affiliated with the series’ longtime home, the Fox network. Disney-controlled Hulu is the streaming home of Prison Break, making it a natural destination for a new installment of the popular drama.
In 2020, Miller announced that he was done with Prison Break and, as a gay man, he would no longer play heterosexual characters.
James served as co-creator, executive producer and showrunner of Mayans M.C., which ran for 5 seasons and concluded its run in July. Alongside Stephen Merchant, James co-created the Amazon Studios/BBC One series The Outlaws, starring Christopher Walken. A third season of the comedy was recently greenlit.
Additionally, James wrote, directed and scored his debut film in 2011, Little Birds, starring Juno Temple and Leslie Mann. The film premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and won a National Board of Review Award. James also co-wrote the script Lowriders for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures, which was released theatrically in 2017.
He is repped by WME, Hunting Lane and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.
Nellie Andreeva contributed to this report.
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