I have learned that where the potential new installment would go is the past. I hear the new 24 series, now in active development at 20th TV and Imagine TV, will serve as a prequel to the original 2001 series. Written by Gordon, Cochran and Surnow, it is said to be in the vein of the original and will trace the origin story of CTU agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland on 24 for eight seasons and on followup limited series 24: Live Another Day.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the next chapter in the 24 franchise will be an ongoing prequel series that tells the origin story of how Jack Bauer became Jack Bauer. Original series creators Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran are said to be teaming on an idea for the character originally played by Kiefer Sutherland. Executive producer Howard Gordon is attached to the project and is working with Surnow and Cochran on the idea.
Surnow and Cochran are co-writing the script for what sources say could be an ongoing series rather than a closed-ended limited series like the most recent incarnations in the franchise, 24: Legacy or 24: Live Another Day. It’s unclear when the series could be on the air, though there had been some rumors in May that Fox could launch the new installment for midseason. Casting has not begun.
Are you ready to give 24 more of your time? Do you like the idea of a Jack Bauer prequel series? Hoping the cancellation reaper doesn’t let 24 slip through its scythe yet again?