Fox have leaped at the chance to bring their long-running hit 24 back to life, after executive-producer Howard Gordon proposed a "limited event series" of 12 episodes, in the wake of the inability to get the long-awaited movie made. Kiefer Sutherland has agreed to reprise his role as Jack Bauer, in a story that takes place several years after season 8's conclusion. How old is Jack at this point? 60?
Similarly odd, the plan is to keep the show's signature "real time" format, but simply skip occasional hours to tell the usual 24-hour story in half that time. The rationale being that most seasons of 24 contained 12-hours of relevant plot and 12-hours of sub-plots and "filler". I guess this means the story can now take into consideration issues like transportation; so, for example, whenever Jack needs to take a flight somewhere they can skip an "uneventful" hour without having to create in-flight peril for him to deal with, etc.
20th Century Fox Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden released a statement saying that "when Howard [Gordon] came to us saying he had an idea for a new chapter of 24, he quite simply had us at 'hello'. 24 is a signature series for this studio, beloved by critics and audiences worldwide. Howard's idea to revive the franchise as an event series couldn't be timelier, and with the brilliant Kiefer Sutherland on board to reprise his iconic role, we can't wait to get started."
Brian Grazer, Imagine Television's Chairman, added that he's "... both excited and proud that Howard, Kiefer, and I, along with ours partners at 20th and Fox, have this new opportunity to give 24 fans what they've been asking for--more Jack Bauer. It's been my experience that people love Jack Bauer because he's a guy who cuts through the red tape and gets the hardest things done. I am certain 24: Live Another Day will again have a huge impact on our culture."
Kiefer Sutherland himself has commented that "... 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. Great thanks to 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television, and the FOX network for this opportunity. Make no mistake, my goal is to knock your socks off. See you soon."
Howard Gordon, the man responsible for bring the show back, added that "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."
24: Live Another Day is scheduled for a May 2014 premiere.