Fox executives have confirmed at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that there would be a 24 reboot series.
Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced the name of the new 24
“We’re ordering a pilot set in the world of 24,” Walden said. “We’ve thought about doing a sequel to this for a long time. After the final event series, we saw the real time format could work in a 12-hour format. Evan Katz and Manny Coto had a fantastic idea for a reboot. It’s very reminiscent of their original. Stephen Hopkins is going to direct 24: Legacy.”
There is just one small reboot to this reboot, a new cast, that means no Jack Bauer. They would instead introduce a new lead character, Eric Carter. It may be a little unfair to say the only reason people watched 24 was Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) but it may also just be the truth. Imagine a reboot of the Nigerian comedy series Papa Ajasco without Papa Ajasco!
“The pilot was just ordered so in terms of casting, we’ve had conversations with the producers but we’re not out to an actor,” Walden said. “The lead is Eric Carter. He is clearly a significant focus of the show. There’s also a female co-lead who is a former head of CTU. It doesn’t feel like it is fully replicating the original in terms of how much Jack Bauer carried by himself, but it’s a very prominently featured lead.”
Walden also revealed to reporters there will be a time jump in the show’s storyline
“There’s a time jump. This is a new organization. It’s a new CTU, a new cast of characters. It’s a completely different stories in terms of this special ops group we’re focusing on. It’s a very contemporary story about the potential to activate sleeper cells in the United States and radicalize Americans. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents. There are a couple photos that will feel reminiscent of the original but no ongoing (returning) characters.”