Fox has recently issued a pilot order for 24: Legacy, a new series which will follow a similar format while embracing new heroes. But Kiefer Sutherland will not be around this time to reprise his role as Jack Bauer. In his place, a new hero will be fighting terror on American soil.
The new protagonist is to be a military hero who becomes involved with the CTU after he encounters trouble on a mission, and sees this trouble following him back stateside. The current buzz from Deadline is that the hero’s name is Eric Carter, and that he is currently designated as African-American. However, there is also a rumor that Carter’s race may change during the casting process. The only stipulation is that the actor who ultimately lands the role must be one of diversity. This new 24 series is also to feature a strong female lead, someone who has worked with the CTU for some time.
That is not to say that the female lead will be a returning character. If Deadline is correct, the show may mention former characters such as Bauer and his compatriots, but these actors will not actually return for the ongoing series. The one major component of 24: Legacy that will link the show to the original series will be the return of split screens and real-time storytelling to provide a 24-episode season that takes place over the course of a single day.
The show was picked up by Fox after they received a script written by Manny Coto and Evan Katz, who will work alongside Howard Gordon and executive producer Brian Grazer to bring the show to life. While not expected to contribute in any creative fashion, Kiefer Sutherland will serve as one of the show’s executive producers as well.
While some fans of the original 24 may be upset to see a new series without Jack Bauer, Fox was reportedly enthusiastic upon receiving the script for 24: Legacy. The new incarnation of Emmy-winning 24 may be going in a slightly different direction, but some fans should be excited simply to see the CTU back on the air and doing what they do best. Feel free to share your own thoughts on the matter in the comments below.