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24 return could be extended and finally deliver movie

24, Day 7

Story by Jack Foley

THE much anticipated return of 24 to TV screens in May 2014 could yet yield more series and the long in development movie.

Speaking at the Television Critics’ Association’s semi-annual press tour in the US, producers Howard Gordon, Evan Katz and Manny Coto said that if the forthcoming 12-episode mini-series proved a hit with viewers then more could follow.

This could, in turn, lead to the film that its star, Kiefer Sutherland, has been desperate to deliver.

“If this ends up rebooting the show and causes a film to be made, so be it,” said Sutherland.

While little is still known about the plot of the new 24, the producers did move to end speculation that it would be based on the previous film that never got going. Rather, it will take Edward Snowden and the issue of drones as its backdrop.

And although the London-based shoot has yet to commence, the writers have completed roughly half of the mini-season.

As for the reduced length, “the show still does take place over a 24-hour day even though it is 12 episodes”, explained Coto – it’s just that certain hours of the day won’t be shown.

“The show will be progressing in the same way it always did, and it will add up to 24,” he added.

When drawn further on the story, Coto commented: “If you remember at the end of season eight, Jack was basically left a fugitive. When we pick up four years later, he is still a fugitive. He’s hunted.”

In fact, he’s being hunted by a CIA agent played by Yvonne Strahovski, of Chuck and Dexter fame.

As for Mary Lynn Rajskub’s returning favourite Chloe O’Brian, she is no longer working for CTU, but rather playing an ‘Edward Snowden-esque figure’ working against her home country.

Howard Gordon added: “It has become a more complex world than when we started 24. This is really about Jack and where he is 12 years later. We’re going to introduce some exciting topics.”

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