Titan Comics struck a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to create a new comic book series based on The Prisoner, as the television series celebrates its 50th anniversary.
“For a story where all is ambiguous, it’s hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisoner something different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions – mostly Kafkaesque and existential – of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was the better it suited me,” said Peter Milligan writer of the new re-imagined comic books. “So what an honor it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6’s successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world. And how cool it is to imagine that while I’m writing this new iteration of the Prisoner, I am at least for a while… number one.”
The Prisoner premiered on September 29, 1967 in the UK, and instantly became a hit for series star Patrick MacGoohan. In The Prisoner, MacGoohan, as Number 6, is an abducted British secret agent, and is held prisoner in a coastal village, where his captors try to find out why he resigned from his job. The show was a surreal mix of spy fiction with sci-fi, allegory and psychological drama elements, which made it just as popular when it came to the U.S.A. in 1968.
Titan Comics will release the first issue of The Prisoner in 2018.