The legacy of “24” will live another day with FOX’s plans of restarting the clock with a reboot of the real-time action-thriller franchise. Entitled “24: Legacy”, it will have a new Jack Bauer: a soldier unknowingly bringing the war home to him, as he enlists CTU (Counter-Terrorism Unit) to save not only his life, but the lives of millions in preventing a potential terrorist attack against America.
Kiefer Sutherland, the original Jack Bauer, said the format of “24” has always been bigger than the character he has played throughout the eight seasons (192 episodes) on FOX from 2001 to 2010, and again with 2014’s “Live Another Day”.
“You have to understand, for the writers: to write for the same character in that format for nine years, I would have told you it was impossible around season five. But they managed to do it,” the actor continued at his Q&A session at the Toronto International Film Festival via TV Line. “I think the freedom they’re going to have for creating new characters and using the same formula is going to be pretty extraordinary.”
“24” did the impossible in surpassing “Mission: Impossible” and “The Avengers” as the longest-running espionage-themed series on television: reaching its peak in season five with the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and Kiefer winning the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor. The premise of season five (Day 5): Jack Bauer came out of hiding to avenge the death of his trusted ally and closest friend: former U.S. President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). And speaking of the White House, Kiefer is heading there in his new ABC series “Designated Survivor”: playing a member of the U.S. Cabinet who becomes the commander-in-chief all of a sudden after his predecessors were killed.
“24: Live Another Day” found ex-fugitive/ex-agent Bauer coming out of hiding to save the life of President Heller (William Devane), as well as stop a terrorist attack in London. But Jack made the heroic sacrifice in giving himself up to the Russians for the life of another trusted ally and friend: Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub). Still, will Jack Bauer return to live another day sometime in the near future – on the big screen, perhaps?
“It was not conclusive like we promised, so you never know,” Kiefer stated. “It’s not what I’m gonna do now. I know they’re rebooting the series. I have no idea if the movie will actually happen, or if Jack Bauer might end up finding his way into an episode one day and clarifying all of that or ending all of that. I’m being dead honest. I really don’t know.”