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Fox confirms Prison Break ‘sequel’

US broadcaster network Fox has confirmed it is bringing back conspiracy drama Prison Break as a limited series.

Announcing the news at the Television Critics Association tour yesterday Fox Television Group co-CEO and chairman Dana Walden said the show would be a “bit of a sequel”.

The original series ran for four seasons between 2005 and 2009, and the new one is going straight-to-series. Creator Paul Scheuring is working on the scripts, while stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are returning.

This comes after the NPD Group in March revealed data showing Prison Break was one of the most binged-on series available of Netflix – suggesting a new generation of fans had taken to the series.

Elsewhere, Fox has greenlit a pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels, who was recently tied down through his Lee Daniels Entertainment imprint to a multiyear deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television.

Daniels will write, produce and direct Star, which TCFTV will produce.

It will follow three young women hoping to make it big in the cutthroat music scene, with casting beginning soon.

Fox is also investigating another limited run of thriller 24, albeit without star Kiefer Sutherland, is preparing to launch the new version of The X Files, is looking to rework 1990 movie Urban Cowboy and in talks over an X Men TV series.