Jim Caviezel, Jamie Campbell-Bower and Lennie James descend on Comic-Con 2009 to preview The Prisoner mini-series

Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel in The Prisoner
Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel in The Prisoner

Stars of AMC’s highly anticipated mini-series The Prisoner, including Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Thin Red Line, Pay It Forward), Jamie Campbell-Bower (Sweeney Todd, The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and Lennie James (Jericho) will attend Comic Con 2009 for a panel event and exclusive sneak preview of the six-part series. The Prisoner panel, scheduled for Friday, July 24th at 11:30am, also features The Prisoner writer Bill Gallagher (Conviction, Clocking Off) and AMC’s Vlad Wolynetz, VP of production, and will be moderated by producer and director Robert Meyer Burnett. The Prisoner, a re-imagination of the 1960s cult classic created by the late Patrick McGoohan, premieres this November on AMC.

During the hour-long event, Burnett will lead panelists in a discussion about their personal experience making The Prisoner, shooting the series in Namibia and South Africa, and the various themes explored in the re-imagination, among other topics, followed by an exclusive first look at the mini-series and a Q&A session with attendees.

The Prisoner panel will be complemented by a number of on-the-ground activities taking place throughout Comic Con:

  • Attendees will have an opportunity to obtain their own Village identity by visiting The Prisoner booth to pick-up an official Village ID badge, on which they will be identified by number only.
  • AMC will distribute a mini comic book created by Marvel Comics, based on the mini-series first hour.
  • AMC will distribute limited edition items featuring the original series’ iconic taglines such as “Be Seeing You,” “You Only Think You’re Free” and “I Am Not A Number.”

The Prisoner tells the story of a man known only as Six (Caviezel), who wakes up to find himself inexplicably trapped in a mysterious and surreal place called The Village, with no memory of how he arrived. As he frantically explores his new environment, he discovers that Village residents are identified by number, have no memory of any prior existence, and are under constant surveillance. The Village is controlled by one man – the sinister and charismatic Two (Sir Ian McKellen). Throughout the series, Six and Two are locked in a battle of wits, as Six challenges the oppressive nature of The Village and struggles to learn the truth behind it.

The Prisoner is AMC’s second original mini-series and combines a wide range of genres, including espionage, thriller and sci-fi, into a unique and compelling drama. The six part mini-series will reflect the same key elements of paranoia, surveillance, liberty, and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan’s enigmatic original.

AMC co-produced The Prisoner with UK producer Granada and ITV. Granada International will distribute the series worldwide. Produced by Michelle Buck and Damien Timmer of Granada, the new series is written by Bill Gallagher and directed by Nick Hurran (It’s a Boy Girl Thing, Little Black Book).

Below is the teaser trailer that premiered during the Season 2 finale of Breaking Bad.