Following yesterday’s news of Fox officially canceling 24, many fans were left wondering not only what led to the hit series cancellation, but what the future holds for their beloved hero, Jack Bauer, and the world in which in lives.
Luckily, The Hollywood Reporter had a chance to sit down with 24 executive producer and showrunner, Howard Gordon, to talk all things 24. Not only does he provide insight behind the cancellation of the series, but also divulges an interesting fact; Fox was never presented with ideas for a ninth season.
Take a look at what Gordon said about the cancellation, future, film, finale and hopeful legacy of 24 below.
On what led to Fox canceling the series after eight seasons:
"It helped that this was the end of a lot of peoples' contracts. There was a deal finiteness in place. Also, every year is a high-wire act. We all look at each other and ask, 'Can we really do this again?' and it's not with complete conviction that we say, 'Yes.' As an act of faith and effort, we get through it. This year Kiefer said it felt like the senior year of high school."
On never pitching a ninth season to Fox:
"We couldn't come up with something that really satisfied us. We've done everything we feel we can do with that character in this format."
The future of Jack Bauer and 24:
"There are other possible iterations of Jack Bauer and his world -- whether a movie or some other sort of scenario. We're developing the movie, Billy Ray (State of Play, Shattered Glass) is writing it. It depends on how well it comes out and Fox's appetite. Most importantly it's about ending the show right and doing it with the same level of intensity and commitment that we started with."
How soon fans could expect to see a 24 film:
"Obviously the script's still being written. It could be as early as next year depending on how things come together."
What viewers can expect in the final episodes:
"We've taken a risk in the last eight episodes. It was challenging to the writers to the actors. We're taking a risk, the show has to do that. Without spoiling what's to come, it's pretty dark and complex and a place that was uncomfortable for us to write and for some of the actors to act. We really swung for the fences. Because the show is as old as it is, this season hasn't really been given its due. But our audience is hanging in there with us and I think it's been a very successful season."
How he’d like to see 24 remembered:
"I'd like it to be remembered as a revolutionary concept. The second thing is that we loved this show so much and never did anything less than our best. I hope we delivered to our fans like we feel we did to ourselves. We loved this show from the very first hour to the last hour, so I hope people think of it being consistently at that quality and that it never dipped too terribly -- except for season six."
While I wasn’t exactly surprised to see 24 canceled, I’m astonished to hear that there were never any plans for a ninth season. This does not bode well for fans hoping that NBC would come through and pick up the series after cancellation on Fox. Hopefully, as promised, the final eight episodes will bring back the dramatic storytelling the series has been known for.
It will be a refreshing change of pace considering the lackluster eighth season…
What do you think of Fox never being pitched another season? How soon do you think we’ll see 24 film (if at all)? What would you like to see in the final episodes?
Catch the two-hour series finale Monday, May 24, on FOX
Follow me on Twitter @anthonyocasio