Is Prison Break coming back to TV?

Rumour has it the jailbreak drama is joining X-Files and 24 on Fox's comeback trail with Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell reprising their roles

Michael and Lincoln could be launching another attempt to break out of prison. Yes, if rumours are to be believed, Prison Break’s famous inmates are in talks to return to our screens for another bid for freedom in a new series on Fox, with Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell both expected to reprise their roles. 


The drama, which followed two brothers and – you guessed it – their attempts to break from prison, ran for four series from 2005 before it was cancelled by US network Fox in 2009. Now plans for a limited series are in the works, according to TV Line, who report that the new season would span approximately 12 episodes and conclude with a closed-ended storyline. 

The rumoured deal would see creator Paul Scheuring at the helm once again with a new idea for the drama’s next chapter. His involvement follows the format adopted by Fox in their revival of The X-Files which sees showrunner Chris Carter back in the fold. Likewise at NBC, Tim Kring is returning to head-up Heroes Reborn, while – after much to-ing and fro-ing – David Lynch is masterminding the Twin Peaks revival over at Showtime.

Talk of a Prison Break return was first addressed by Fox co-chairman Gary Newman at the Television Critics Association press tour in January. He acknowledged it would make “the perfect event series”, and stars Miller and Purcell have both publicly welcomed a return for the drama.


The pair delighted fans recently by reuniting on screen to play villains in superhero series The Flash and will also co-star together in the CW’s upcoming spin-off, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.