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Prison Break is getting a reboot and fans have all reacted the same way

Rhianna Benson

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Prison Break is getting a reboot and fans have all reacted the same way

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Attention, Prison Break fans!

Reports emerged this week claiming that the widely-adored and hotly-discussed jailbird drama series is being rebooted.

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Despite having bagged multiple awards during its TV stint - including the People's Choice - as well as two Golden Globe nominations, not everyone is overjoyed by the news of the show's return.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers at Hulu - the channel behind the likes of The Kardashians and The Handmaid's Tale - are looking to lock down a new take on the behind-bars series.

The publication reports that Hulu bosses are working with producer Elgin James - the mastermind behind the likes of Mayans MC for the new series.

And despite the original show - which ran between 2005 and 2017 - famously being fronted by Wentworth Miller, who plays lead character Michael Schofield, the actor has reportedly shut down rumours he'd ever return to the fictional Fox River State Penitentiary.

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Prison Break aired between 2005-2017. Credit: IMDB/Ed Aqaquel
Prison Break aired between 2005-2017. Credit: IMDB/Ed Aqaquel

The critically-acclaimed actor appearing in all five seasons of the show as Michael - deliberately gets himself sent to prison to break his elder brother - Lincoln Burrows, played by Dominic Purcell - out.

But many fans of the show have been disappointed to learn of the reboot, after Wentworth confirmed in 2020 that he has no plans to come back.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, he responded to homophobic comments made by trolls, by simultaneously insisting he'd never return to the show.

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"On a related note… I’m out. Of PB. Officially," he wrote at the time. "Not bec 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).

"So. No more Michael. If you were a fan of the show, hoping for additional seasons… I understand this is disappointing. I’m sorry. If you’re hot and bothered bec you fell in love with a fictional straight man played by a real gay one…That’s your work. – W.M.”

Wentworth Miller claimed he'd never return to the show. Credit:IMDB/Ed Aqaquel
Wentworth Miller claimed he'd never return to the show. Credit:IMDB/Ed Aqaquel

And it is Wentworth's absence from the upcoming series that appears to have left a multitude of Prison Break fans sceptical.

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"Who wants a Prison Break reboot? Who wants a Prison Break reboot without the old characters?" one fan wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Another hit out: "Why is it so hard for studios to try to create something original? Does everything have to be either a reboot or a story 'in the same universe' but with new characters? As a big Prison Break stan i hope this flops cause the characters were the main reason people tuned in".

"If you are a fan of the show (first two seasons were great, by the way) it will be good news, but was it really necessary to reboot a tv show that has been ‘dead’ for quite some time now?" a third asked.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Hulu, LGBTQ, Twitter, Instagram, Social Media, US News

Rhianna Benson
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