It’s happening, y’all! Jack Bauer is making his return to prime time television next summer as FOX has ordered 24: Live Another Day as a limited event series.
The announcement was made by 20th Century Fox’s Chairman Kevin Reilly and Brian Grazer, Chairman of Imagine Entertainment. Keifer Sutherland and showrunner Howard Gordon will be reunited in 2014. The show will return next summer with 12 episodes representing 24 hours. The limited event series will pick up several years after the series final season several years ago.
“It’s great to have Jack back. ‘24’ redefined the drama genre, and as were imagine the television miniseries, this iconic show will again break new ground for the network,” said Reilly. “The series remains a global sensation,and everyone at FOX is thrilled to be back at work with Kiefer, Howard and the incredibly creative ‘24’ team.”
“When Howard came to us saying he had an idea for a new chapter of‘24,’ he quite simply had us at ‘hello,’” remarked 20th Century Fox Television Chairmen Gary Newman and Dana Walden. “’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.”
Imagine Television Chairman Brian Grazer added;
“I’m 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.”
“The response to ‘24’ is unlike anything I have ever experienced as an actor before,” noted Sutherland. “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.”
“Jack Bauer has always been an exciting, thrilling character, and I confess that I’ve missed him. I think the audience has too,” said executive producer Howard Gordon who served as show runner for most of the series’ run and won multiple Emmy Awards for his work. “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.”
It will be interesting to see who they get to return from the original cast. I’ll keep you updated.