Is it possible that a 24 prequel series, one featuring a young version of Jack Bauer, to come on the air as early as midseason? It certainly seems like it’s possible.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, two of the original voices behind the first iteration of the series, are back once more to help develop a new version of this franchise. Could it be interesting to see what an early version of Jack Bauer looks like? Sure, but the problem with prequel series is that you already know where the story ends. There’s no real sort of dramatic tension and that is, by and large, what makes 24 so great.
Personally, we’d much rather just see if there is a way to bring back Kiefer Sutherland do a modern version of 24 again. Maybe you pair him up with another performer so he doesn’t have to do as much action, but that is the show that so many viewers came to love and the show that became an enormous hit all over the world. It’s really hard to imagine that this is going to be anywhere near as successful.
Yet, we cannot say that we’re surprised at all that this is something that Fox would want to try given that they are still angling for big hits, and they managed to find one successful show almost out of nowhere this past year in 911. They were able to turn it into one of the most-popular shows of the winter despite it having a late filming start date and production going up to the very last minute.
Ultimately, we just wish that entertainment entities like Solo or Taken would show that prequels often produce diminishing returns and really very little else. Better Call Saul is the exception so much more than it is the rule.
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