TVLine reports that Fox has confirmed that Prison Break will return in 2016 for a 10-episode "event series" with actors Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell in the roles of the brothers.
The announcement came at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday. Co-Chairman and CEO Dana Walden stated:
“I would describe it as a bit of a sequel. It picks up the characters several years after we left them in the last season of the show. The brothers will be back. Some of the iconic characters from that show will be back. I don’t think [exec producer] Paul [Scheuring] knows exactly where he’s going over the 10-episode arc, but it definitely will address some questions that were set up at the end of the series for a new audience.
“This is the pure vision of the creator of the show. It’s going to take a little bit of a detour from where we left off [with the straight-to-DVD coda], but it should feel very satisfying and event-ized. Fans will be excited about seeing these characters back together again.”
Fans will recall that Miller’s Michael died in 2009’s Prison Break: The Final Break, but Chairman and CEO Gary Newman said that detail would be “ignored,” while Walden explained: “What [Paul] pitched to us was a very logical and believable — in the world of Prison Break — explanation for why our characters are alive and still moving around the world.”
Since being on the show, Miller, an 2013 Out100 cover star, came out publicly has dedicated himself to writing scripts and screenplays (his The Disappointments Room, starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by DJ Caruso, is scheduled for a fall 2015 release) but made his return to TV in the debut season of The Flash. It hasn't been announced if he will have a creative stake in the new series.