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Ridley Scott may be coming back down to earth. The director of The Martian and the upcoming Alien: Covenant is in early talks to helm a big-screen adaptation of the mind-bending British television series The Prisoner, a source confirmed to EW.

Several high-profile screenwriters have taken a crack at the Universal Pictures project over the years, including Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and most recently William Monahan (The Departed), but a new scribe has yet to be chosen. (Director Christopher Nolan also circled the film at one point.)

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films are producing.

The original Prisoner was created by Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein and premiered in the U.S. in 1968. It followed a dashing secret agent (played by McGoohan) who abruptly resigns from duty, only to be kidnapped and shipped off to a creepily idyllic village.

Running a single season, the surrealistic show laid the groundwork for popular puzzlers like The X-Files and Lost. It also spawned a remake miniseries in 2009.

Scott is currently preparing to shoot Covenant, his hybrid Prometheus sequel and Alien prequel. Deadline first reported news of the Prisoner talks.

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