So Jesus And Gandalf Walk Into A Village…

July 25th, 2009 by Kyle

…you see, and Gandalf turns to Jesus and says…

Kyle here, and, well, I don’t have a punchline to that joke. Not yet, anyway. But we’ll all be hearing the punchline when ITV/AMC’s miniseries remake of The Prisoner, starring Ian “Gandalf” McKellen as Number Two, and Jim “Jesus” Caviezel as Number Six, arrives.

While we’re anxiously waiting for it to show up, io9 has an interview posted with series writer Bill Gallagher on how the remake will differ from the original. It sounds like Gallagher has put a lot of thought into retooling the themes of the show to be relevant to a world that’s changed a lot since the days of the original series. While purists may complain about it, it’s a good thing.

Remember, none of us at the podcast object to remakes per se, we just require them to have something worthwhile to add to the established story. Most don’t, and are either just nostalgia-based cash grabs or purposeless vanity projects. This actually looks like it has something new and interesting to add to the original concept. If so, that qualifies it as a worthwhile remake.

I’ll… be seeing it.

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