Jack Bauer still has big screen dreams.
Though Kiefer Sutherland and 24's executive producers Howard Gordon and Evan Katz originally intended to bring Jack Bauer back in a movie, fans were disappointed when 20th Century Fox announced that they would not be moving forward.
Fortunately, Jack would live to see another day as Fox is set to bring 24 back as a 12-episode miniseries, titled 24: Live Another Day, later this spring.
But that doesn't mean Sutherland has given up on the idea of a 24 movie, or even rebooting the series! Sutherland, Gordon, Katz and executive producer Manny Coto teased the series' highly anticipated return at the 2014 Winter TCA Press Tour on Monday, revealing plot details and why they haven't given up on the idea of a 24 movie.
When asked if the plot for the 12-episode miniseries, which is set in London and will premiere in May, is similar to the original idea for the film, Sutherland revealed, "The script for the film was very, very different. The film's an ongoing situation. There's always an opportunity to do that, but Howard came up with an idea of a 12-episode run of this and it was an opportunity that presented itself to us first. It was a fantastic idea…if this ends up rebooting the show or causing a film to be made, so be it."
Jack Bauer to the rescue, indeed!
So what is our hero up to when 24: Live Another Day begins? "If you remember at the end of season eight, Jack was left fugitive and we'll pick four years later and he's still a fugitive," Coto teased. "He is hunted and he is still hunted when the show begins."
And his hunter? Chuck vet Yvonne Strahovski, who will be playing a London-based CIA agent that "has been on the hunt for Jack Bauer and the show will open with that dynamic," Coto divulged. "When Jack returns into the story on his own terms, we'll learn he has a mission."
Enter fan favorite Mary Lynn Rajskub, who is set to return to the series as Jack's trust tech master sidekick Chloe, but don't expect to see a warm reunion between the two. "They're actually pitted against each other…that is a dynamic that Mary Lynn and I get to play that's very exciting. It's always something that's going to evolve over the course of the show," Sutherland teased.
Gordon added, "We found a place emotionally and physically to locate Jack, and the same for Chloe," whom the producer described as "someone who is quite damaged and has now joined the Free Information movement."
24: Live Another Day will premiere on Monday, May 4 on Fox.