Jack is back! Kiefer Sutherland returns to his Emmy winning role of Jack Bauer in Fox’s new 12 hour drama 24: Live Another Day, which will premiere this summer. Retaining the real-time, fast-paced format, the show will skip hours between episodes.
Set four years after the final episode, Jack is now an exile, but he’s still willing to risk his life when he must stop an unthinkable terrorist attack that would change the world forever.
Kiefer came to the TV Critics tour this week to talk about the continuing franchise.
How did this come about? Is it a prequel to a movie?
Howard (Gordon) came up with an idea for a 12-episode run at this. It was a fantastic idea, and it’s something that we’re really very excited about doing.
It’s something that we’re really primarily focused on. If this ends up rebooting the show or causing a film to be made, so be it.
What is the relationship between Jack and Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) this season?
I think one of the nice dynamics is there’s a great impetus for all of us to create something new with the show. Chloe and Jack have had a relationship certainly over the entire span of the show and they have been allies.
At the very beginning of this show, they’re actually pitted against each other by virtue of a set of circumstances. So that is a dynamic that Mary Lynn and I get to play that’s very exciting. It’s also something that’s going to evolve over the course of the show.
Anytime an actor gets to play something as complex as a past loyalty that is potentially going to be betrayed, that’s a lot of meat.
Are there other characters coming back?
Yes. Kim Raver who played Audrey, she is coming back. James Heller (William Devane), who is now President, is coming back too.
You’re shooting the series in England, are you looking forward to that?
Well, I was born there and spent huge parts of my life there, so it’s a place where I feel very comfortable. [When it comes to doing the] production in London, I’m anxious about it, the traffic there is very difficult, and we plan to be shooting outside.
Things will be blowing up, cars, double-decker buses. I’m sure we’ll be hated by a large portion of London for snarling up their traffic, so I apologize in advance.
London has some landmarks that are unbelievably significant and it will be very exciting to shoot with the Tower of London in the background. It’s also a huge opportunity from a storytelling point of view.
How does London play into the story?
Almost every season we have followed as a back story the President of the United States.
In this 12-hour arc we’ll be following the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of England, which will be a very interesting look into how we perceive deals to be done.
Many times, what we perceive as some kind of treaty is involving things that we know nothing about.
We’re examining that in the course of the show. So from every perspective, from visual to storytelling, it broadens the scope of the show.
So for those reasons, I’m very excited.