The following takes place not in real time but digitally online: a series of webisodes starring Keifer Sutherland known as The Confession.
Written and directed by Brad Mirman, The Confession consists of 10 five-to-seven minute episodes. The former 24 actor stars as a hitman who talks with a priest (played by the brilliant John Hurt) about the theological justification of the murders he commits. However, don’t just expect some talking heads. Tons of action takes place through flashbacks that show Sutherland hard at work killing people, Jack Bauer-style. Sutherland talked to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming show, which premieres on Hulu in March.
“It came about in such a different way,” he explained of the forthcoming project’s origins. “I was meeting a couple friends of mine, who wanted to introduce me to Chris Young (of Digital Broadcasting Group). I know so little about the internet, but that’s what a lot of friends do for work. Most of that stuff being produced for the internet is comedy, very much like Jackass kind of material, which is great but didn’t appeal to me.
“Chris started talking about wanting to do a drama, but his criteria was so different. A drama in five-minute episodes! It was one of those things, like a puzzle over the course of the lunch. It can’t be that complicated to figure out a story in five minutes, right? I couldn’t, and it frustrated the crap out of me. So I went home that night, still thinking about it, and it stayed with me for three days. I was falling asleep when I literally got this idea of a confessional.”
While talking about the Internet-based programming, Sutherland also gave fans of 24 a reason to start counting down to that ever-familiar beep. Sutherland confirms that a feature film follow up to the conclusion of the television series is still in the works and that he hopes for production to begin within a year. According to EW, Sutherland called the film “the little engine that could,” and apparently confirmed that Fox is working with director Tony Scott on the project. Scott’s involvement has long been rumored, but if EW’s words are true — note that there’s no direct quote from Sutherland — then the Unstoppable director really is on the 24 train. What do you think about that?
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