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24: Legacy EP Says Kiefer Sutherland 'Hasn't Ruled Out' a Role on Spinoff

Though there’s a brand-new hero at the heart of Fox’s 24: Legacy series (debuting after the Super Bowl in February 2017), the door is open for Jack to come back.

As reported by HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall, who on Friday morning moderated an ATX Television Festival panel about uberproducer Howard Gordon‘s career, the longtime 24 executive producer said that Kiefer Sutherland “hasn’t ruled out” an appearance on the offshoot, which stars Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead) as a former Army Ranger who, upon returning to the U.S., turns to the CTU for help in stopping what could potentially be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil.

“I do think the character has life in him, whether it’s a movie or if he intersects with this new iteration of 24,” Gordon said. “I sure would love to see him at some point on the show, and I don’t think [Kiefer]’s ruled it out, either.”

Sutherland is an executive producer on 24: Legacy, which he previously has said is sure to deliver “something cool and clever,” adding: “I’ll be one of the first people who can’t wait to see it.” But his commitment as the star of the promising new ABC drama Designated Survivor — in which he plays a low-ranking cabinet member-turned-president of the United States — would limit his availability for Fox’s reboot.

Still, Sutherland has made no secret of want to one day bring closure to Jack Bauer’s story, which at the close of the limited series 24: Live Another Day saw him being sent off to a Russian prison. “I have no idea if the [24] movie will ever happen, or Jack Bauer might end up finding his way into an episode [of 24: Legacy] one day and clarifying all of that,” he mused.

In January, Gordon defended to TVLine the decision to find a new front man for the action franchise, saying, “We’ve been thinking about this forever: Is 24 Jack Bauer? And for the longest time it was — until we all felt, after Live Another Day, that really that story has been told.”

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  1. Kevin K says:

    Really hope Jack Bauer will make an appearance in 24: Legacy but if he doesn’t it would very well be the end for the series. That should be the plan moving forward on a possible movie version in the near future depending on whether Kiefer Sutherland agrees to the project.

  2. Jose says:

    Only way im watching the spinoff tbh

  3. Pat says:

    Need him and Tony and make a clear ending for each. No screwing viewers around or trying to perlong crap. Then go on with the off shoot.

  4. Cat says:

    They are dangling the carrot of Jack coming back in some capacity because they know viewers of the original “24” aren’t likely to tune into a “24” without him. If the new “hero” is a “former” Army Ranger, how can he turn to CTU for help??? What capacity is he serving in now? Is he a member of CTU??? If not, how does he have access to them? And, if he’s not a member of CTU, is it really still “24”???

  5. Hellas13 says:

    I won’t bite. If he appears in a episode I’ll watch, but honestly it’s so much of a mess, I hope his new show on ABC is good and keeps him too busy to do so.

  6. Faye says:

    For me, 24 is Jack Bauer. I’m am willing to give the new show a chance but as good as the new lead may be, he can’t replace Jack.. I’ll just have to pretend that I am watching a new series. I am definitely more interested in seeing Keifer full time on his new series than the 24 reboot

  7. Shaun says:

    If he actually shows up people will wonder why he isn’t on more,lol.Bad move either way.

  8. Luke says:

    What a pathetic way to lure people to watch the new show, which btw doesnt look gripping in those previews….

  9. Rene says:

    Well,the only way I would watch this is if they DID bring Jack back! Because,yes Mr. Gordon, 24 is Jack Bauer and Jack Bauer is 24.

    • David says:

      Keifer himself has said 24 is about the scheme of the presentation, not him. While that is his opinion apparently, in my opinion most fans of 24 do not see it that way. 24 is Jack Bauer. Keifer is Jack Bauer. 24 is Keifer. End of story.

  10. LynnH says:

    Yes, 24 is Jack Bauer.

  11. BillyBobJohnson says:

    Kiefer-bait. Sorry. Won’t work.

  12. popeye013 says:

    For all the screwing around, the fact remains that if FOX wanted to make the movie, they would have already but didn’t!
    The excuses are not worth the paper they’re written on and the waste of air used to utter them is the same!
    Bauer-baiting isn’t going to get the core 24 fans wanting Legacy and it isn’t going to get them watching either.
    24 IS Jack Bauer and Jack Bauer IS 24.
    It’s like trying to have James Bond without James Bond in the film – Some things just don’t go!!