I was going through DVD boxset and I (re)discovered that they contained pdf of two scripts that were never adapted for TV.
I have not read all of the Vortex issues so maybe it was already answered but did Big Finish ever talk about adapting them? I restrained myself from reading the pdfs, fearing that I could spoil myself a potential adaptation.
I know that this franchise was not the biggest sell but considering all the story adaptations that Steed and Peel & Co are getting, I am surprised that none of the Prisoner comics or books or whatever were adapted for audio. You could even put some Destination Dqnger scripts since the TV show already did it with The Girl Who Was Death.
Would you also be interested in a boxset like that?
I think Nick Briggs has said that there's possible scope for an occasional Prisoner episode in future, so maybe they'll look at them now. Comics rights are probably a lot more complicated that rights to the tv material, though.
(I had to google 'Destination Danger', though - I've never heard that alternative title for 'Danger Man' before. 'Secret Agent' I was familiar with)
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A Prisoner boxset based on unfilmed scripts or comic strips would be an instant preorder for me.
One of the things I love about Big Finish's Avengers range is that they've been based on material dating back to the original series; whether it be the lost episodes from series one with Steed and Dr Keel or the adaptations of comic strips with Steed and Mrs Peel/ Tara King.
Adding a few Danger Man episodes into the mix would also be cool. It would start the debate over whether John Drake and Number Six are the same person all over again!
I was curious of what there is that could be adapted and and I had some time to spare so here is what i found:
Two complete scripts with McGoohan's notes:
-Don't get Yourself Killed -The Outsider
Two storylines: -Friend or Foe -Ticket to Eternity
EDIT: There is a complete script of the pilot episode "Noises Off" of a scrapped sequel to the series that would have been called "The Outsider"
There was also a movie reboot projects in talks long ago so I'm sure there a some scripts floating around but I assume they are mostly remakes of the pilot.
COMICS Apparently the series did not get any strips in TV Comics or anything, so I don't think BF can do the Avenegrs treatment with it.
-There was one 70's partial adaptation of the pilot by Jack Kirby, but not much of a point to adapt it back into audio again is it? -"Broken Visage", a 80's series -"The Uncertainty Machine" comic series from 2018 so it's probably too recent and it's not with McGoohan's character anyway.
NOVELS: -I Am Not a Number! -Who is Number 2? -A Day in the Life -The Prisoner's Dilemma
-Miss Freedom (by Andrew Cartmel!!!)
Edit: There was also a novel by Lance Parkin called "The Outsider" that was anounced between Priosner's Dilemma & Miss Freedom but I can't find any info aabout whether it was ever completed.
Also a trilogy of books by the official fan club
OTHERS There was also an notable unlicensed video game by David Mullich. It's supposedly very good and considering he was one of the lead developers of the I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream video game adaptation (one of the rare game that i would consider actually well written, even outisde of the video game medium). But from what I understand, the Prisoner game takes advantages of things which are not adaptable.
DANGER MAN: After McGoohan quit, the staff either went with him to do the Prisoner or they went to do Man in a Suitcase, so I think most of the then remaining Danger Man scripts were adapted into an episode but apparently there are still at least two storylines: -Old Age Comes Not Alone -Night in a Garden in Spain
All in all, I think there definitly is the material for one or two boxsets but not much more.