Following the cancellation of the spinoff series 24: Legacy this past June, FOX is currently in the early stages of developing a new version of 24. This past February, 24: Legacy failed to make an impact with its debut episode – which aired for the first time following Super Bowl LI – and as such the rest of season 1 didn’t quite meet the mark set by its immediate predecessor.
Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, 24 was an instant success with general viewers when it premiered on FOX way back in 2001. Centering around the chief exploits of Los Angeles-based Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), the original series’ popularity was undoubtedly bolstered by the state of contemporary world politics following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, 24: Legacy didn’t make the same kind of impact with its own war hero protagonist Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins) – though it would appear that FOX isn’t ready to let go of its flagship franchise just yet.
According to the Television Critics Association, the powers that be at FOX are intent on developing a new version of 24 that will abandon both Bauer and Carter in favor of a central plot that will have nothing to do with terrorism. Instead, network chairman and CEO Dana Walden has stated that she and others are currently working towards producing a new series that, “Genuinely extends the life of the 24 franchise.”
While keeping the 2014 limited event mini-series 24: Live Another Day and 24: Legacy in mind, it will be interesting to see what direction the new version of 24 will take. In abandoning its focus on terrorism and the CTU, the new version of the action-thriller property will reportedly use the same storytelling style “explored in a different mode.” Serving to further elucidate plans for the new show, FOX president David Madden stated that, “[The producers have] a really exciting idea,” that will, “Take that same kind of ticking-clock urgency and apply it to something else.”
Just what “something else” might mean is entirely up for debate at the time of this writing – though there’s a significant chance that the new version of 24 could be approached as an anthology series. On that note, here’s to hoping for the very best as things continue to develop behind the scenes at FOX.
Screen Rant will keep you updated with any information related to the new version of 24.
Source: Television Critics Association
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