“The whole hook to get an audience back to watch [24: Live Another Day] was, this is a onetime deal, so you should watch it—and then, when it worked out for us, go, oh, we decided to do another one? I don’t think that’s right. And how many bad days can one guy have before it starts to look stupid? Probably about seven, but we did nine!
“There is absolutely no plan [for me to appear on 24: Legacy]. [If Jack ever returns] it will not ever be a series again.”
FOX co-CEO Gary Newman says the renewal gods would have approved a tenth season of the original series, had Sutherland been game:
“We love Kiefer so much. If he had wanted to do 24, we would have done a Jack Bauer version of it. But he felt it was time to rest that character.” Instead, Fox pursued a new iteration of the show, sans Jack Bauer. Hopefully, it sends a message to the fans that this is not disloyal to Kiefer, and that they’re able to embrace this new cast.”
Sutherland may have departed the 24 TV franchise, but he’s hoping to continue Bauer’s story on the big screen:
“I know never to say [we have seen the last of Jack]. It doesn’t mean that we can’t make the [long-in-the-works 24] film. It’s a character that I love until the day I die.” Gordon publicly expressed hope earlier this year that Sutherland would make an appearance on 24: Legacy, but Sutherland clarifies that “there is absolutely no plan” for that. If he does ever return as Bauer, Sutherland vows, “it will not ever be a series again.”
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of 24: Legacy Season 2 renewal and the potential 24 movie…