Christopher Nolan Remaking Iconic ’60s Sci-Fi Series Into A Movie Next?

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has been one of the biggest successes of the director’s impressive career, tallying nearly $1 billion at the box office and taking home seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Nolan. Naturally, everyone is wondering what Nolan is planning for his next big film. Variety reported that Nolan may be circling back around to his plan to develop a film remake of the 1960s TV series The Prisoner.

The First Prisoner Remake

Christopher Nolan was reportedly considering a remake of The Prisoner back in 2009, but a miniseries remake was made instead. Producer Barry Mendel mentioned that the film might have been made if the miniseries had been successful, but the series was critically panned and didn’t do so well. Ridley Scott was also attached to direct a film remake back in 2016, but now it seems like Nolan might be interested in the project again.

A Groundbreaking Series

Christopher Nolan would be the perfect fit for a remake of The Prisoner, which follows a former government agent who resigns from his job and is subsequently imprisoned in an idyllic seaside town known as The Village. The agent, known as Number Six, finds that he is constantly hunted and interrogated by the Village administrator, known as Number Two, to find out why he left. The Village is also surrounded by high-tech bots known as Rovers that recapture or kill anyone who tries to escape.

The Controversial Ending

The creator and star of the 1960s series, Patrick McGoohan, ended the show on an open-ended finale and said he “had to go into hiding for a while,” due to the outrage it caused viewers. Christopher Nolan knows a thing or two about leaving fans on a mysterious note, as Inception has generated millions of discussions about its ending. The Prisoner would certainly give Nolan an interesting chance to make another all-time great ambiguous ending.

Only Rumors For Now

While rumors are circulating that Christopher Nolan is interested in The Prisoner again, other rumors are that Nolan will be working on a new original screenplay. In either case, there are sure to be droves of theatergoers who show up for his next film. The other question that remains is which studio Nolan will use for his next project.

Nolan’s Blank Check

Christopher Nolan made Oppenheimer with Universal, and it ended up being a massive success, so there’s certainly good reason for Nolan to return. Nolan left Warner Bros. after many years of working with the studio after its decision to release all of its 2021 theatrical films on streaming on the same day and date. But Nolan spoke with Variety and said that it’s “water under the bridge,” so it’s possible he could return to the studio in the future.

The World Isn’t Prepared For Nolan’s The Prisoner

In any case, whether Christopher Nolan decides to make a film remake of The Prisoner or anything else, any studio would likely throw him as much money as he wants. For now, we’ll have to just wait and see what Nolan announced he’ll do next. In the meantime, Oppenheimer will be returning to theaters after its Best Picture win, so watch out for that.

Source: Variety