You could say the fifth season of Prison Break all started when Heat Wave and Captain Cold met on the set of CW/DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
That’s when Prison Break actors Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller found themselves working together, and kicked around the idea of doing another season of the Fox series again. The conversation carried over to creator Paul T Scheuring who not only took inspiration from Homer’s Odyssey, but was attracted to the idea of doing a limited series, given the current vogue in TV for tight, storytelling. It’s a plus that Scheuring didn’t have during the initial series runs of Prison Break.
“In the old model, I felt like I was flapping my wing and the audience was getting dramatic material between commercial breaks that wasn’t necessary,” says Scheuring.
“All these actors went on to varied careers, but we got them to overlap all at once to shoot things. Fox and their business affairs department puled it off,” added the creator.
Prison Break season 5 is set in Yemen with ISIS and ISA in the mix. While Michael is presumably dead, he really isn’t and he winds up working for an ‘organization.’ He’s thrown in a Yemen jail, realizes he’s been set-up and tries to stage a prison break. Scheuring mentioned that the fifth season was shot simultaneously in Morocco and Vancouver over 13 to 15 weeks.