Originally ordered for just a pilot, the reboot of the Emmy-winning espionage drama, “24”, has now gotten a full series order.
Titled, “24: Legacy”, the new Jack Bauer-less show will be built on “a completely different story” and will run for 12 episodes in its 1st season, mirroring limited series “24: Live Another Day”, which aired in 2014.
Because it’s half the length of a traditional “24” season where each week’s episode unfolded in real time and covers a single day in the life of Jack Bauer’s life in a season, there will be some time jumps in the 24-hour window covered per installment.
“Straight Outta Compton” actor Corey Hawkins will portray male lead Eric Carter, a strong and smart former Army Ranger who finds himself pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him. Australia-born actress Miranda Otto, who terrorism-drama enthusiasts might recognise from “Homeland”, will play Rebecca Ingram, a former leader of CTU, the counter-terrorism unit that Bauer worked at/was intermittently hunted down by throughout the original series.
As for its plot, according to Deadline, “24: Legacy” will centre on military hero Eric Carter whose trouble follows him back to the US – compelling him to ask CTU for help. To nobody’s surprise, the show will chronicle an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on US soil.
Now, ready for the ultimate plot twist?
While “24: Legacy” will not feature Jack Bauer because Kiefer Sutherland has made abundantly clear over and over again his intent to leave the character behind, the actor will still be involved in the series in a big way. Along with the series order announcement, FOX also dropped the bomb that Kiefer Sutherland has agreed to executive produce.
There are gon’ be some exciting “24” hours ahead, if you know what we mean ;)
UPDATE (Wednesday, 18th May):
“24” fans, you ready? Fox just released the first trailer for the upcoming “24” reboot and heck yes, it’s explosive. In fact, it looks like “24: Legacy” may just be the biggest TV series to be looking out for next year!
Whether Corey Hawkins will successfully fill in them big Jack Bauer shoes remains to be seen. But you can’t discount the fact that the 2-minute-odd long trailer is enough to rope you back into the merciless “24” fandom once again.
Written by “24” veterans Coto and Katz and directed by Stephen Hopkins (who helmed the original “24” pilot) through 20th Century Fox TV, Imagine TV, and Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Productions, “24: Legacy” is expected to debut with a special 2-night event beginning Sunday, 5th February and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, 6th February.