It has been four years since the real-time television series 24 was last broadcasted and after several attempts to turn the popular drama into a film, the temptation to continue the Jack Bauer story was hard to resist for the producers and network.
Kiefer Sutherland returns as Jack Bauer, an ex-CTU agent whom after saving America countless times in the past eight seasons of 24, has gone into hiding in the final episode of ‘Day 8’ to avoid detection from Russian and American agents out looking for him.
So what’s in store for Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day? Well, the new ‘limited event television series’ will still feature that famous ticking clock and split-screens, but events in time will jump forward in between certain episodes. There will be just twelve episodes compared to the usual twenty-four.
As for the premise, four years after dishing out his own brand of justice and evading capture, Jack Bauer finds himself on the run in London (once again), he attempts to thwart a global disaster. Meanwhile, Jack’s closest confidante Chloe O’Brian has been aiding and abetting the federal fugitive.
Yes, fans favourite Chloe O’Brian played by Mary Lynn Rajskub is back, along with several characters from the show including Kim Raver as Audrey Raines (Jack’s love interest in season 6) and William Devane as President James Heller.
Joining the cast in 24: Live Another Day are Michael Wincott, Gbenga Akinnagebe (The Wire), Yvonne Stahovski, Benjamin Bratt, Tate Donovan, Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) and the excellent Stephen Fry.
The new setting of London is a masterstroke and it’s going to be fascinating how the producers will showcase the city in a new light against the backdrop of conspiracies, WikiLeaks and threats.
It’s refreshing to hear from 24 executive producer Howard Gordon, saying how much we miss the ex-CTU agent:
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.
As for Kiefer Sutherland, the actor added it was an honour to replay the character once again:
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.
I am really looking forward to 24: Live Another Day and after watching the trailer, you can never underestimate how truly awful your day has been when compared to Jack Bauer!