Friday, 5 June 2009

The Village in the Prisoner remake

I had not noticed until reading a post on SFX that the trailer for the new Prisoner features a brief image of The Village. It occurs about four seconds in and I have done a screen shot (above). I earlier speculated about Swapokmund vs. Portmeirion and it seems likely that the success of the remake will depend largely on how good the new Village looks. From this, and from other pictures of Swapokmund, it reminds me more of the Truman Show's Seaside location in Florida than Portmeirion. Perhaps that will work well in the new version; I am looking forward to finding out. Incidentally, that SFX post also makes the excellent point that the trailer looks a bit underwhelming to those who have recently seen the Doctor Who Easter special "Planet of the Dead", which also has a double decker bus and a desert. But this trailer was clearly made for American TV, and only naughty people here in the US have seen "Planet of the Dead". Perhaps ITV will be well advised to construct a slightly different promo for use in the UK.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

The Prisoner: first trailer for the new version

A short (fifteen second) trailer has been released for the new version of The Prisoner, which is to premiere later this year. The trailer appears on AMC's website, and it appeared before that on American television on Sunday. The voice on the trailer is American, so it looks like the remake will be on in America, at least, in November. It will be interesting to see if ITV in the UK gets it at the same time.

The Prisoner Promo

I particularly like Ian McKellen saying "Be Seeing You" in a menacing way at the end -- very promising.

(HT: Den of Geek, The Unmutual, AMC Prisoner site).