We know that Fox has been talking about another 24 revival for years — and they’ll continue to talk about it for many more. This is one of their biggest franchises and Fox as a network isn’t shy about revisiting old properties or creating spin-offs. Hence, them opting to move forward with a 911 spin-off as well as Fox giving Gordon Ramsay as many spin-offs as he desires.
Now, Fox is continuing to reiterate that they are keeping their options open for as long as they can. Speaking via Deadline, Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn made it clear that the network is “wide open” when it comes to mapping out the future of the franchise. Yet, there are some conversations happening:
“There is nothing formal yet; we are still having discussions with 20th Century Fox TV and the producers on a way to come up with some other incarnation … There is a really strong desire to crack it, we are still talking about it.”
What are the possibilities? A prequel has long been an idea mentioned, and Deadline reports that there is one other idea that the network is exploring.
Here’s where things have long been interesting to us on the subject of a 24 revival — we think that it doesn’t work without Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. We already saw 24: Legacy try to tell a story without him and the ratings just weren’t there. We thought back during 24: Live Another Day that Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) was being set up to be the new Bauer, but the franchise didn’t go in that direction and Strahovski is currently a part of The Handmaid’s Tale. Sutherland, meanwhile, just wrapped three seasons of Designated Survivor … could he be available? Maybe a new 24 could work with him if you found a capable co-lead and he wasn’t forced to do all of the heavy lifting himself?
To us, a prequel just doesn’t have that much fire to it since everyone knows how the story ends — think about the Star Wars prequels or The Hobbit. While both of them made plenty of money, is either one of them going to be remembered as the best of their respective franchise? It’s hard to imagine so.
Would you want to see a new version of 24 in the future?
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