×

‘24′ Pilot Officially a Go at Fox, Action-Thriller To Be Revived Without Jack Bauer

After much talk, Fox is seriously considering bringing back “24” with a formal pilot order for a reboot of the series, titled “24: Legacy,” Variety has learned. The pilot will film this winter.

Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer character would not be part of the revival series, which will feature an all-new cast of characters, but will retain “24’s” format of real-time storytelling with split screens and like the original, each episode will represent one hour of an eventful day.

“24: Legacy” will revolve around a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

Original “24” producers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto, Evan Katz and Imagine’s Brian Grazer will return as exec producers.

Fox is hot on reboots lately, following in the footsteps of “The X-Files” event series revival, which starts its six-episode run this month. With the high volume of television content across broadcast, cable and streaming, having brand recognition is appealing to networks, giving “24” a good chance, now that the pilot order is official.

Insiders tell Variety the pilot script for the reboot came in early, before the holidays, and Fox execs immediately were intrigued and realized they had found a way to continue the hit action franchise without Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. While no casting has been announced, sources say a diverse lead is a strong possibility. Fox CEO Dana Walden confirmed that news saying, “The character was originally conceived as being a diverse actor,” she said. “We wanted it to be as different from Jack Bauer as possible. That was the original thinking behind having this be a diverse lead. Whether that’s African-American or a Latino actor, we’ve been really excited by some of the people we’ve been seeing throughout our internal process.”

Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, “24” was a huge hit for Fox, debuting in 2001 and running through 2010 with eight seasons and a television movie, titled “Redemption.” In 2014, “24” returned with Sutherland for an event series, or the ninth season, titled “24: Live Another Day.”

Though he won’t be on-screen for “24: Legacy,” Sutherland will be on broadcast TV next season, as ABC gave a straight-to-series order to a political conspiracy thriller in which he’ll star. (On that note, insiders say Fox looked at that script, but it ultimately landed at ABC due to their hefty series order offer.)

“24” joins a small, but growing, group of drama pilots in consideration for series orders at Fox including an untitled music drama from “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels, starring Queen Latifah, and a female baseball drama from Dan Fogelman, titled “Pitch.” With both of those pilots having diverse leads, it seems that part of Fox’s strategy going into the 2016-17 season will be showcasing diversity and reboots. On the comedy side, the network has given a pilot order to a time travel live-action comedy from Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Julius Sharpe, and a series order to the Jason Sudeikis-voiced animated series “Son of Zorn.”

“24: Legacy” hails from 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions.

More TV

  • Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart on

    Michael Che Ribs Academy Over Kevin Hart Controversy on 'SNL'

    Kevin Hart may have alienated some in Hollywood over his recently resurfaced homophobic tweets, but that didn’t stop “Weekend Update” co-host Michael Che from cracking some jokes in support of Hart on Dec. 8’s “Saturday Night Live.” After briefly recapping that Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after the 2011 tweets came to light, [...]

  • THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY

    'The Umbrella Academy' Superheroes Series Premiere Date Set on Netflix

    The dysfunctional-family superheroes of “The Umbrella Academy” are landing on Netflix worldwide on Feb. 15, 2019. The live-action series is based on the “Umbrella Academy” comic books created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix original series comprises 10 one-hour episodes. “The Umbrella Academy” stars [...]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Jason Momoa"

    Robert De Niro Appears as Robert Mueller in 'Saturday Night Live' Cold Open

    Robert De Niro made a surprise appearance as special counsel Robert Mueller in “Saturday Night Live’s” cold open. De Niro popped out of a closet in a sketch that skewered President Donald Trump and the mounting legal pressure Mueller’s investigation has put on many of Trump’s associates. Alex Moffatt played Eric Trump in a bedtime-story [...]

  • ‘The Breadwinner,’ ‘Ivandoe’ Top 2019 European

    ‘The Breadwinner,’ ‘The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe’ Top 2018 Emile Awards

    LILLE, France – “The Breadwinner” director Nora Twomey and “The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe” directors Christian Bøving-Andersen and Eva Lee Wallberg took top honors at Saturday night’s second edition of the European Animation Awards (EAA) in Lille, France, scooping best feature and best TV/broadcast production respectively. It was an evening of beautiful [...]

  • The King Eric Clapton A Life

    Rashida Jones, Lili Zanuck Talk Grammy Nominations and the Music-Documentary Gold Rush

    Nothing takes you back to time and a place like the music of a particular era. That’s one big reason why music documentaries are flourishing at a time of enormous demand for high-end docu productions. This year’s five Grammy Award nominees for best music film reflect the appetite for stories about renowned and beloved musical figures, [...]

  • Sacred Games Indian Television

    'Sacred Games,' 'Miss Sherlock' Win Asian Academy Creative Awards

    Hulu Japan and HBO Asia’s “Miss Sherlock” won best drama series at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards. The awards were spread over two evenings at Singapore’s Capitol Theatre on Friday and Saturday. India’s Anurag Kashyap won best direction (fiction) for season one of Netflix original series “Sacred Games.” The series also won best editing [...]

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend -- "I'm Not The

    'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Boss Breaks Down Introducing Skylar Astin as the New Greg

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “I’m Not the Person I Used to Be,” the Season 4 midseason finale of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” As the CW’s musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” prepares to sign off with a series finale in 2019, showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna and her team of writers have been pushing [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content