Start working on your full-body tattoos: Prison Break is officially returning to Fox for a 10-episode event series.
Fox Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman made the announcement Thursday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. Creator Paul Scheuring had begun work on the first script and the story bible for the miniseries, which will bring back brothers Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) several years after the events of Season 4.
"I would describe it as a bit of a sequel," Walden said. "It picks up 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 that show will be back. I don't think Paul 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."
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Of course there's a wrinkle: Michael actually died in the 2009 straight-to-video film Prison Break: The Final Break. While Newman suggested Scheuring would be ignoring that particular plot point, Walden added a little clarity. "What he pitched to us was a very logical and believable — in the world of Prison Break — explanation for why our characters are alive and still moving around the world."
Walden said the decision to bring the show back was aided by the show's success on Netflix in the years since it ended. Newman claims Netflix executives described it as one of the streaming service's most successful library shows, and Newman believes that will translate to a big event for the network in 2016. "This is just one of those shows ... that generates buzz and enthusiasm, especially online," he said. "We think it's going to be a great treat for the audience."
Are you excited for Prison Break's return? Which characters do you want to see?