It was announced last May that FOX was developing another season of “24.” Now the network has officially ordered “24: Legacy” to pilot, a new installment of the Kiefer Sutherland action drama series.
However, this iteration will not star Sutherland. FOX says in a release that the pilot “will feature an all-new cast of characters and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screen and complex interweaving storylines, with each episode representing one hour of an eventful day.”
The plot will revolve around “a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back,” all of which compels him to “ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.”
FOX CEO Dana Walden adds, “The lead is Eric Carter, he is clearly a significant focus of the show. There is 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.”
Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz, who all produced the original series “24,” will executive producer “Legacy” as well. FOX has not yet released any casting news, but Walden says that “never say never” regarding any returning faces — though she later told Zap2it why the series won’t center around Kate Morgan.
“Never say never, but right now [they are] not [returning],” says Walden. “There’s a time jump, this is a new organization, a new CTU, a new cast of characters. It’s a completely different story in terms of the special ops group we’re focusing on.
“It’s a very contemporary feeling story about the potential to activate sleeper cells in the United States and radicalizing Americans,” Walden continues. “There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, there are a couple photos that will feel reminiscent of the original, but no on-going characters.”