In an effort to further develop and define its distinct cinematic blueprint for bold original television programming, AMC announced today that it will remake the 1960s groundbreaking television classic, The Prisoner.

The project will provide the network with its first original Sci-Fi series in its 20-year history and expand its efforts to deliver a diverse range of genre based high quality originals.

In the 1960s, "The Prisoner" helped permanently alter the scope of the Sci-Fi genre. Through the work of Patrick McGoohan, who created, produced, wrote, directed and starred in the title role, the series became one of television's most acclaimed and influential programs.

AMC will co-produce the new one-hour series with UK's Granada and Sky One, with a worldwide premiere in January 2008. Granada International will distribute the series worldwide. The new series will showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan's enigmatic original. Production is scheduled to begin in spring 2007.