Get ready for a young Jack Bauer.
Yep, it appears Fox thinks it’s a good idea to deliver another Kiefer Sutherland-less chapter of 24. The network is currently working on creating a prequel series that tells Bauer’s origin story.
According to Deadline, 24 creators Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran have teamed up again to work on the idea, with 24 executive producer Howard Gordon also attached. The project is reportedly shaping up to be an ongoing series that tells of how Bauer became the ass-kicking badass we met when the series kicked off in 2001 (yeah, 17 years ago!). This is apparently one of two reboot ideas circling.
Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins led a spinoff series, 24: Legacy, in 2017. The series followed military hero Eric Carter (Hawkins), who returns to the US and finds he and his squad mates are being targeted for assassination in retaliation for eliminating a terrorist leader. Legacy began with decent ratings thanks to a post-Super Bowl kick off, but numbers dropped throughout the 12-episode run and Fox opted to cancel the show after 1 season.
We’ll see what materialises here. Despite Legacy not doing well, the 24 brand is still very valuable for Fox, and they’re clearly looking for ways to keep it going by any means necessary. The original series ran 8 seasons, with 24 episodes each, and spawned a TV movie (24: Redemption), an event series (24: Live Another Day), and even an India version led by Bollywood star Anil Kapoor.