At long last, devoted fans of the breakout Fox series “Prison Break” will finally have all of their burning questions answered when the show returns for Season 5. After ending its run in 2009, Fox has officially ordered new episodes of the show as an event series similar to that of “The X-Files.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Fox executives Dana Walden and Gary Newman spoke during a Television Critics Association press event to reveal that the network would officially make good on its promise from last year and order the “Prison Break” 10-episode event series to television at a yet undisclosed date. The reason for the unsure timing is also the most important part to the announcement — stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell.
After nearly seven years away, Michael Scofield (Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Purcell) will reunite for another adventure. The series’ original production team of Paul T. Scheuring, Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein and Dawn Olmstead will return to executive produce the event series with Scheuring acting as both showrunner and writer. Currently, Miller and Purcell are playing a brother pairing on the CW’s upcoming superhero team up series “Legends of Tomorrow,” set to premiere on Jan. 21. As TV Line notes, the show’s shooting schedule poses a problem to the “Prison Break” series as the main stars are committed to the ensemble cast series. Fortunately, both the CW and Fox are working closely with one another to edge out a window of time for the two stars to do both shows.
“There are a lot of moving parts to that conversation,” Miller told the outlet. “But we are hopeful that we’ll be able to shoot something this spring. ‘Prison Break’ is taking its cue from ‘Legends,’ which is the priority. So we’re aiming for spring.”
As previously reported, the show will need to address some key questions about where the series left off after its finale. The most pressing of which being [SPOILER ALERT] how in the world Michael Scofield will be involved in the event series when he appeared to have died in the final moments of the series’ first run. While not much is known about the series, Walden previously revealed that it will take place after the events of the finale.
“I would describe it as a bit of sequel. It picks up [with] the characters several years after we left them in the last season of the show. The brothers will be back. Some of the iconic characters from the show will be back,” he said. “I don’t think [executive producer] Paul [Scheuring] knows exactly where he’s going over the 10-episode arc, but it definitely will address some questions that were set up at the end of the series for a new audience.”