’24’ returns to Fox as an event series – The Hollywood Reporter


Just days after Fox canceled Kiefer Sutherland drama To touchthe actor returns to Fox to reprise his role as Jack Bauer in a 24 limited series.

The sequel to the series – which ran for 192 episodes and a TV movie from 2001 to 2010 – will be produced by its former showrunner, Howard Gordon (Country). Like the original series, the reboot, dubbed 24: Live another day, hails from 20th Television and Imagine TV Brian Grazer with the Gordon Teakwood Lane banner on board to co-produce. Fox will bow the limited project — which will tell a 24-hour story over 12 hour-skipping episodes — in May 2014.

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24 compressed into 12 weeks, Jack is back, ”said the president of Fox Entertainment Kevin Reilly told reporters early Monday in a conference call ahead of the network’s initial presentation. The executive noted 24 will likely mark Fox’s first limited series with the potential for additional closed stories in the franchise.

The rebirth of 24 as a limited series comes a year after hopes of a big-screen adaptation crumbled when 20th Century Fox and producer Imagine couldn’t agree on a budget after Suthlerland and producers, including Gordon , have been committed to doing so for years. In 2011 Gordon said THR that conversations were “certainly underway” to bring 24 on the big screen.

“It’s something that I think if it doesn’t happen I won’t be heartbroken,” he said at the time. “I’m very proud of this race and how it ended. It was very difficult to get him to the finish line with any kind of grace in conclusion. Why mess it all up? But if you find the right story…”

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Reilly noted that when 24 producers started to plan a feature film, they all agreed “24 being compressed into two hours is not 24″, with Gordon having a “little light bulb” extinguished once Fox announced its intention to enter the limited series arena.

“The [event series] the franchise is less than six months old and we’re inviting a Hollywood who’s who to be a part of this,” Reilly said, noting that he will use the event franchise as a way to bridge the gap between traditional fall and mid-season schedules as the network transitions to original programming year-round.

Fox currently has a handful of other event series in development as it seeks to attract top names for shorter time engagements in an attempt to gain prestige and draw attention to uninterrupted programming, a la What follows. Fox also has event series Blood brothers (from Band of brothers Bruce C. McKenna)a shogun remake from Michael DeLuca and Nigel Williams and The People v. OJ Simpsonthat comes from the winners of the Golden Globe Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flint).

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