“If this causes a rebirth of the show or causes a film to be made, so be it,” said Kiefer Sutherland today at the TCA. The actor and executive producer added that any script for a potential 24 movie would be “very very different” than the upcoming 12 episodes 24: Live Another Day limited series. “We haven’t really thought much about what a movie would be, we’re concentrating on this series,” said exec producer Manny Coto. “The approach we took is what could we do that we haven’t done before,” he added of the new series compared to the past eight seasons of 24. “You can pick this show up without having seen Season 8,” said fellow EP Howard Gordon.
Fellow exec producers Evan Katz and Brian Grazer, as well as co-star Mary Lynn Rajskub, joined Sutherland, Gordon, and Coto on the panel in Pasadena. Set in London, the new series takes up the now-in-exile Jack Bauer’s story four years after the events of 24‘s final season, which ended in 2010. The new episodes will see Bauer and Rajskub’s Chloe initially not working together as she has left her government job and to some extent turned against the aims of CTU. Not that the two aren’t still connected. “There is no Chloe without Jack,” cooed Rajskub to big laughs in the ballroom. “I had never thought 24 would come back and I never thought it would come back in this format.” Scheduled to start production in the UK in a few weeks, the new 24 is set to debut May 5 at 8 PM with a two-hour episode before moving to its regular 9 PM spot May 12. The resurgence of the 24 franchise is Sutherland’s first return to TV since his other Fox series Touch was cancelled last year after two seasons.