If Fox has anything to say about it, 24 will live on in some way moving forward, and fans should be very happy about the endless possibilities within the franchise.
On Tuesday (Aug. 9), Fox took over the 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour event and revealed that the clock hasn’t stopped for 24 — despite the fact that the 24: Legacy star Corey Hawkins is no longer under contract.
“We are really exploring what the future might be, perhaps as an anthology storytelling franchise,” Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden told reporters at the TCAs tour in Beverly Hills via Entertainment Weekly. “We felt really good about a lot of the last season. It was a hard decision to make, whether to bring it back or not. We let Corey out of his obligation so he could do his Broadway play. It felt like the right thing to do, to take the pressure off around upfronts.”
While Hawkins, who played Eric Carter on the 24 spinoff, is no longer under contract, there’s also no word on whether 24 original Kiefer Sutherland would be up for a reboot (he currently stars on ABC’s Designated Survivor), but Fox is still planning on moving forward with the franchise. In fact, the network is open to a LOT of different ideas when it comes to what will happen next in their 24 universe.
“It felt like, where we left off, we can continue telling stories about those exact characters,” Walden continued. “It felt very close to the original. Our goal is to make something that generally extends the life of the franchise. Viewers got a taste of 24 again. It had the urgency of real time. It whetted their appetite.”
According to Walden, the network has already met with longtime producers of the franchise to develop the the next story.
“We said that kind of ticking clock urgency can apply to all sorts of venues so we’re exploring a couple different avenues right now. We’re not locked into one yet,” Fox President David Madden told reporters. “But [producers Howard Gordon and Brian Grazer] are really excited about it. 24 will be back on our air.”
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