Is Mel Gibson involved with the series at all? He owned the rights at one time, and Jim Caviezel was Christ in “The Passion of the…”, but I haven’t heard his name come up in interviews. (Gibson was friends with McGoohan, like him a very devout Catholic but to my knowledge sane, which is why McGoohan was in BRAVEHEART.)
The original’s final episode was so… “Uh… yeah” that I wonder how this one will proceed.
I always had a theory about The Island: it’s where James Bonds went when they were retired. In my theory James Bond was more or less a title and persona that the agency occasionally refilled, thus Connery/Moore/Brosnan/Dalton/etc. were each different men who bore the persona. (Of course the fact that Moore and Connery used it at the same time is problematic.) When somebody didn’t relinquish it they were sent to the island.
McGoohan had no connection to Ian Fleming to my knowledge, but without ever confirming he more than hinted that Number 6 was John Drake (James Bond-like lead of his previous hit series Secret Agent Man, best remembered for its theme song). McGoohan even recycled a couple of SAM scripts to fit The Prisoner.