“24 compressed over 12 weeks, Jack is back,” Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters early Monday during a conference call ahead of the network’s upfront presentation.
Just days after Fox canceled Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch, the actor is returning to Fox to repeat his role as Jack Bauer in a 24, Yay! We are excited right? The continuation of the series — which spanned 192 episodes and a TV movie from 2001-10 — will be produced by its former show runner, Howard Gordon (Homeland). Like the original series, the reboot, dubbed 24: Live Another Day, hails from 20th Television and Imagine TV’s Brian Grazer with Gordon’s banner Teakwood Lane on board to co-produce. Fox will bow the limited project — which will tell a 24-hour story over 12 episodes that jump hours — in May 2014.
The revival of 24 as a limited series comes a year after hopes for a big-screen adaptation fizzled when 20th Century Fox and producer Imagine could not agree on a budget after Sutherland and producers including Gordon had been committed to doing it for years. In 2011, Gordon told THR that conversations were “definitely happening” to bring 24 to the big-screen.
Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said 24 show runner Howard Gordon, whose credits also include Homeland, was “really energised” by the idea of a rebooted 24.
“They always had this idea of someday doing a feature film. I think they all agreed that ’24’ compressed into two hours is not 24,” said Reilly.
Sutherland said: “The response to 24 is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before.
“To have the chance to reunite with the character, Jack Bauer is like finding a lost friend. The story ideas from Howard Gordon are exciting and fresh, and will not disappoint.”
Gordon, whose other credits include Homeland, the US adaptation of hit Israeli drama Prisoners of War, said: “Jack Bauer has always been an exciting, thrilling character, and I confess that I’ve missed him.
“I think the audience has too. The character has evolved through the years, and this new and exciting event series format is perfect to tell the next chapter of his story and continue to reflect how the world is changing. Fans can rest assured that the Jack they know and love will be back.”
The new series of 24 is expected to air on Fox in May next year. The drama debuted in the UK on BBC2 in 2001 but the rights were subsequently bought by BSkyB.
Sources – IMBD, Fox news