Deadline has learned that Ridley Scott is in talks to direct a feature version of the 1960’s science-fiction series The Prisoner for Universal, which could be his next project once he completes Alien: Covenant. Screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie (Usual Suspects, Rogue Nation) and more recently William Monahan (The Departed) had been previously tasked by the studio to develop scripts.
The Prisoner (known only as Number Six) is a former government agent who abruptly resigns from his job and finds himself imprisoned in an idyllic yet bizarre seaside village isolated from the world by the sea and mountains. He can’t escape because he knows too much, but that doesn’t stop others trying to capture him for his knowledge. What he wants is to keep them at bay and find his way to freedom.
The oddball 1960’s series adaptation could be the next Mission: Impossible, rather than last year’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Considering Ridley is known for finding muses previous actors being Michael Fassbender and Russell Crowe, I could see him re-teaming with The Martian star Matt Damon playing Number Six. The pair won Golden Globes this weekend for the film, and are looking at potential Oscar nominations as well.