Hey FOOLS! Last week at the Sydney Premiere of Funny People I got a chance to speak with producer of Funny People, The Sixth Sense and Rushmore, Barry Mendel, amongst other things I asked him about The Prisoner which was once touted as director Christopher Nolan's next project after The Dark Knight. When I asked if the project is still moving forward Mendel said.
Chris Nolan has dropped out of it but we have a first draft by David and Janet Peoples who wrote Twelve Monkeys and David wrote Unforgiven and it's a good draft and we're working on the script right now.
I also asked if the television series starring Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel which is based on the same TV series from the 60's that the film is based would prove a barrier in getting a film made and his response was.
I don't know, I mean if the series was wildly popular that might effect us but the screenplay that David and Janet wrote was such a re-imagination of the series, if you think of The Avengers that wasn't a commercially successful film but it was very much in the spirit of the original show, this is very, ah, it looks and feels so different that the tenants of the show are apparent but the execution of it is so different that I think it is unrecognizable, where as the TV show is a well done modernly shot updated version of the original show, but much more faithful to the original show.
So there you have it FOOLS, no Christopher Nolan which is bad but David and Janet Peoples working on a script is good. Remember the Simpsons episode based on the TV series The Prisoner. Hilarious!