More than six years after Prison Break came to an end, there are new reports that a spin-off is currently in the works on Hulu.
According to Variety, Mayan M.C. co-creator and showrunner, Elgin James, is currently writing the new show. Although it’s based on the original Prison Break series, the spinoff is not expected to feature the original series’ characters, Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell).
James will be an executive producer with Dawn Olmstead as well as Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, Marty Adelstein, and Neal Moritz. The series originally premiered in 2006 and ran until 2009 (ending with a TV movie). However, it came back in 2017 for one more season with only nine episodes. In total, the show has 90 episodes spanned over five seasons.
The series follows a structural engineer who installs himself in a prison he helped design to save his brother, who was falsely accused, from a death sentence. The duo also had to break themselves out of prison from the inside. Those who starred in the series alongside Purcell and Miller were Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Wade Williams.
Wentworth Millers Stated He’s ‘Done’ With ‘Prison Break’
Following the news that Prison Break possibly had a chance of reviving, Wentworth Miller quickly addressed fans by stating he was “done” with the show. Mostly because he had no interest in playing a straight character. Miller came out gay in 2013.
Deadline reported in a now-deleted Instagram post, Miller declared, “I’m out. Of PB. Officially. Not [breacuse] of static on social media (although that has centered the issue). I just don’t want to play straight characters. Their stories have been told (and told).”
Miller also said that he understood Prison Break fans wanting more of the show, but he’s just done. “I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry. If you’re hot and bothered [because] you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one… that’s your work.”
Meanwhile, Purcell notably addressed Miller in the comment section of the post. “It was fun mate. What a ride it was. Fully support and understand your reasoning. Glad you have made this decision for your health and your truth. Keep the posts coming. …. love ya brother.”
Wayne Callies also took to Instagram to support Miller’s stance in not returning if Prison Break was revived. “To all the fans, know this,” she wrote. “The cast of Prison Break is a queer-friendly space. We stand with – and among – our friends & family in the LGBTQ+ community with full-throated support for their rights and artistic work. all the time. Always.”
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