Fox moved quickly to seal the deal on a 24 revival. Only days after the planned project was first revealed, the network announced the Kiefer Sutherland thriller will return to television in May 2014 as a limited series.
This news comes not long after Sutherland’s other network drama, Touch, was axed after two seasons. Fox had been trying to make a 24 movie following the television series’ 2010 finale, but that plan fell through last year. It was determined that a 12-episode limited series will be the best way to serve Jack Bauer’s story going forward.
“24 compressed over 12 weeks. Jack is back,” Fox chairman Kevin Reilly said during an upfronts conference call. “[Showrunner] Howard [Gordon] always had the idea of doing a feature film [for 24]. But they all agreed, 24 being compressed to two hours is not 24.”
The limited series will be called 24: Live Another Day, and both Sutherland and Gordon will return. Like previous seasons, Live Another Day will tell the story of one of Bauer’s 24-hour adventures. Reilly teased that this could be the first of many close-ended 24 stories.
“The [event series] franchise is less than six months old and we’re getting a who’s who of Hollywood in the door to participate in this,” Reilly said. According to The Hollywood Reporter, event series are Fox’s way of playing with the traditional fall and midseason TV schedules moving forward. This shift in programming will begin in 2014.