Fox is Rebooting 24 Without Jack Bauer. Wait…That Can’t be Right.
Fox announced today that they’re planning to relaunch 24, which will be titled 24: Legacy. But get this: it won’t be a show centered around Jack Bauer. HAHAHAHAHA! What? Is it April Fool’s already? Kotaku put it best when they said a 24 series without Jack Bauer “is sort of like Konami making Metal Gear Solid without Hideo Kojima. It’s just not going to work.”
As Entertainment Weekly reports, the series will center around Eric Carter, a military hero who returns to the U.S. But crippling PTSD and lack of veterans healthcare (I’m assuming) isn’t the trouble he has to deal with now. Something dastardly follows him back home, compelling him to ask the Counter Terrorist Unit for help, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.
So…will any of this even resemble the original series? Will familiar characters reappear or will we have to contend with an entirely new roster? Why even call it 24? Oh that’s right, Fox is out of ideas again.
Just read this, via EW:
“There’s also a female co-lead who is a former head of CTU,” said Fox Television Chairman and CEO Dana Walden at the Television Critics Association in Pasadena on Friday. “It doesn’t feel like it is fully replicating the original in terms of how much Jack Bauer carried by himself, but it’s a very prominently featured lead.”
Walden also revealed to reporters there will be a time jump in the show’s storyline and that Legacy will deal with sleeper cells radicalizing Americans. “It’s a new CTU, a new cast of characters,” she said. “It’s a completely different story in terms of the special ops groups that we’re focusing on. It’s a very contemporary feeling story about the potential to activate new sleeper cells in the United States and radicalizing Americans. It’s a whole new story. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, there are a couple photos that will feel reminiscent of the original, but no ongoing [returning] characters.
So. Is anyone watching?
Source: Entertainment Weekly