History has given the green light to Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman. That is the show's working title but, whatever it is ultimately called, it will see the Oscar-nominated actor narrating the new non-fiction series, which will cover infamous prison breaks throughout history. This will no doubt call to mind one of Freeman's most famous roles as Red in The Shawshank Redemption.
The news was announced as part of A+E Networks Mipcom upfront presentation. The series will be produced by Morgan Freeman and producer Lori McCreary's production company, Revelations Entertainment. Freeman will also serve as host of all six, one-hour episodes of the show, which will reveal, in detail, history's greatest convict escapes from some of the most notorious prisons in the world. Freeman had this to say about it in a statement.
"I've been inside the minds of prisoners in my acting career, and I'm looking forward to stepping inside the most notorious prisons in the world, like Alcatraz, Sing Sing, Rikers Island and Leavenworth. Audiences will feel like they're making the escapes themselves as I walk them into a virtual world and through the greatest escapes in history."
Morgan Freeman has had a long career in hit movies such as Seven, Unforgiven, Driving Miss Daisy and Bruce Almighty, among many others. The actor most recently appeared in last year's action sequel Angel Has Fallen. 1994's The Shawshank Redemption, which is based on the Stephen King story, saw Freeman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category. The movie sees a man named Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) framed for murder who is sent to Shawshank, where he befriends Red, only to make a daring escape decades later. Eli Lehrer, EVP and General Manager for History, had this to say in a statement.
"The History channel is honored to partner with Morgan and his production team, Revelations Entertainment, to deliver context and backstory to some of history's infamous prison escapes. Morgan's gravitas will help ground this series and drive the drama in a way no other face or voice can."
Great Escapes with Morgan Freeman will use dramatic recreations, dynamic storytelling and cutting-edge visual effects to show viewers escapes from prisons like Alcatraz and Sing Sing with "graphic detail." Hosted by Freeman, each episode will uncover every step of the prisoner's plan, the escape route and the intense manhunt that ensued. The series is produced for the History channel by Revelations Entertainment. Lori McCreary, James Younger and Kelly Mendelsohn are on board executive producers for Revelations Entertainment, with Mary E. Donahue and Max Micallef serving as executive producers for History.
Morgan Freeman will next appear in The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, the sequel to 2017's The Hitman's Bodyguard. History has yet to confirm which prison breaks, specifically, will be covered in the six episodes. There is also no word on when production will begin, nor is it clear when Great Escapes will premiere. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. This comes to us via AENetworks.com.