When we last saw Kiefer Sutherland’s super-agent Jack Bauer on the July 14th finale of Fox’s 24: Live Another Day he was about to fly off into a very uncertain Moscow-based future. Today at Comic-Con, the actor said that “we went thorough so many ideas for that ending” and “on some level we copped out because on some level it is hard to end it.” Sutherland added that “we talked about that maybe for the DVD, we’ll have Jack take out a hand grenade and blow the Russian helicopter up — we’d never had that kind of freedom before. “ Sutherland was joined today by 24 executive producer/director Jon Cassar, who moderated the panel.
Intended as a launch for the September 30th Blu-ray and DVD release of the limited event series, the panel today started with a five-minute video retrospective of all eight seasons of 24 and 24: LAD – needless to say, Bauer kicked a lot of ass, a lot of stuff blew up and the packed Ballroom 20 loved it, erupting in a roar when it was over. The response was similar for Cassar’s later answer to an audience member’s question about a 24 movie: “We’re still talking about it.” Read More »
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s 24: Live Another Day finale.
Amidst a near-war with China, a sword-induced beheading, a time shift and the loss of a longtime character, tonight’s finale on Fox of 24: Live Another Day could have seen the final curtain come down on Kiefer Sutherland’s anti-terrorism agent, says the series’ former showrunner. “We certainly tried out a lot of different endings and we rearranged the furniture every which way in the room,” reveals LAD EP Howard Gordon of the limited-event series and Jack Bauer’s fate. “So we knew what it looked like for other characters to have met with different ends and we tried them all on, up to and including Jack himself. This has always been a show that is really about the days and the life of this man and no day is probably as intense as a person’s last day. So killing Jack was something that was intriguing to us all but it had to be done just right. And that didn’t present itself to us,” the EP adds.
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What ultimately did present itself for the one-hour finale was the death of Audrey Boudreau, a character on the show since its fourth season in 2005 played by Kim Raver. “This was a really challenging decision to make and a difficult one to make because she was a such a … Read More »
OK so a Canadian who plays perhaps the top American anti-terrorist operative ever narrated the flag waving intro video for the U.S. team that played on ESPN today before the World Cup game against Ghana. What makes Great White North-raised Kiefer Sutherland’s presence in the patriotic presentation all the richer is that tonight on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, Sutherland’s Jack Bauer finds himself at London’s Wembley Stadium, one of the pantheons of soccer – a game that Americans are still warming up to professionally. Oh yeah and the British-born Kiefer’s said publicly that he’s backing England in the World Cup this year. Check out the video from today here: Read More »
Almost 4 years after 24‘s eighth season ended, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is back. Tonight’s 2-hour debut of the limited event 24: Live Another Day sees 4 years having passed in Bauer’s life and the world-saving anti-terrorism agent now over in the UK, just as the President is there to negotiate a major treaty. Do the math and await the mayhem. In the meantime, check out our look at some of the highlights of the Emmy-winning series. Read More »
Here’s a new look at the return of Jack Bauer and company in Fox‘s limited series 24: Live Another Day. Kiefer Sutherland is back for the action, which premieres May 5:
“If this causes a rebirth of the show or causes a film to be made, so be it,” said Kiefer Sutherland today at the TCA. The actor and executive producer added that any script for a potential 24 movie would be “very very different” than the upcoming 12 episodes 24: Live Another Day limited series. “We haven’t really thought much about what a movie would be, we’re concentrating on this series,” said exec producer Manny Coto. “The approach we took is what could we do that we haven’t done before,” he added of the new series compared to the past eight seasons of 24. “You can pick this show up without having seen Season 8,” said fellow EP Howard Gordon.
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Fellow exec producers Evan Katz and Brian Grazer, as well as co-star Mary Lynn Rajskub, joined Sutherland, Gordon, and Coto on the panel in Pasadena. Set in London, the new series takes up the now-in-exile Jack Bauer’s story four years after the events of 24‘s final season, which ended in 2010. The new episodes will see Bauer and Rajskub’s Chloe initially not working together as she has left her government job and to some extent turned against the aims of CTU. Not that the two aren’t still connected. “There is no … Read More »
Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Ann Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jessica Lucas star in Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii. The action-adventure film centers on an enslaved Celtic gladiator who falls in love with a noblewoman on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man who slaughtered his family years earlier. The Sony TriStar Pictures film is set for a February 2014 release. Check out the trailer:
Jack Bauer is back! I’ve learned that, after marathon negotiations, Kiefer Sutherland has closed a deal for a new installment of 24 on Fox. With him on board, I hear Fox has greenlighted the real-time drama as a limited series and will announce it during its upfront presentation today. The continuation is a brain child of longtime 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, now executive producer of Showtime’s Homeland. His 20th Century Fox TV-based Teakwood Lane will co-produce the new 24 alongside original series producers Imagine TV and 20th TV, with Imagine’s Brian Grazer returning as executive producer. This will mark Fox’s second event series under the network’s push into that arena, joining the just-greenlighted M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines starring Matt Dillon.
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CAA-repped Sutherland most recently starred on the Fox/20th TV drama Touch. The original 24 was created by Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, who executive produced with Gordon, Brian Grazer, Sutherland, Evan Katz and Tony Krantz. At the 2006 Emmys, the show won five awards, including best drama series and best actor in a drama series for Sutherland.
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The clock may start ticking again on Fox. I’ve learned that the network is looking to bring back its signature real-time drama 24 as a limited series. Kiefer Sutherland is in talks to reprise his Emmy-winning role as Agent Jack Bauer. No deals are in place, but Fox is eying 24 as part of its recent push in limited event series. Since 24 ended its eight-season run on Fox in 2010, there have been efforts to continue the story as a feature, which ultimately didn’t take off. I hear the idea to do another 24 chapter on TV came from longtime 24 showrunner Howard Gordon, now executive producer on Showtime’s Homeland. I hear he pitched the plan, which would start from scratch with a new story arc, to 24 producers 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV as well as Fox, which all jumped on board. Gordon will likely executive produce through his 20th TV-based company Teakwood Lane. In addition to Homeland, Gordon executive produces the newly picked up TNT series Legends and high-profile FX pilot Tyrant, which is being directed by Ang Lee. Sutherland most recently starred on the Fox/20th TV drama Touch, which is being cancelled after two seasons. The original 24 was created by Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran, who executive produced with Gordon, Brian Grazer, Sutherland, Evan Katz and Tony Krantz. At the 2006 Emmys, the show won … Read More »
The second season of Fox‘s Touch, originally slated for a fall launch and then pushed to February 1, will have to wait another week. The series starring Kiefer Sutherland will kick off its sophomore season with a two-hour premiere on Friday, February 8. Starting the following week, the drama will settle into its regular Friday 9 PM slot, likely following Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, which currently airs in the time period.
Meanwhile, Fox is still not confirming that Mob Doctor has been cancelled, though the struggling freshman is not getting a back order beyond the original 13 episodes, making cancellation a foregone conclusion. All of them will air — Fox has set the airing pattern for the remaining four episodes of Mob Doctor‘s 13-episode order, which includes a mix of broadcasts in its regular Monday time slot and outings on the dead-as-a-doornail Saturday night: Saturday, December 29; New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31; Saturday, January 5; and Monday, January 7.
Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama from That ’70s Show have joined the lineup of talent for the Fox network’s 25th Anniversary Special. Also joining the show are Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans from In Living Color. Memorable clips will accompany stars talking about their experiences. Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler will chime in for American Idol, and Fox dramatic veteran Kiefer Sutherland will represent 24 and Touch. Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show and American Dad will also spice up the festivities. Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, which will air 8PM-10PM (ET/PT) Sunday April 22, is exec produced by Don Mischer and Charlie Haykel. Juliane Hare serves as producer and Louis J. Horvitz is directing. Hosts have yet to be announced, and more talent yet to come. Read More »
20th Century Fox Puts ’24′ Movie On Hold
My colleague Mike Fleming yesterday broke the news of the long-gestating 24 movie being put on hold over scheduling, budgetary and other financial issues. (Star Kiefer Sutherland has a short window between the time he wraps production on the first season of his new Fox series Touch and the time he has to be available for Season 2 should the show be renewed.) On NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno tonight to promote Touch, Sutherland addressed the delay, noting that he and the movie’s producers are still hoping to mount production this year. “We’re trying to fit a lot of moving parts…We’re still trying,” he said. “If we don’t get into this slot, we’ll do it next year.” Here is the video:
UPDATE, 11:16 PM: The 24 movie postponement broken by Deadline this morning is getting interesting. Word is racing around agency circles that Kiefer Sutherland was not only unhappy about the pic’s postponement, but also what I’d heard was a $1 million offer to play Jack Bauer in a deal that was heavily back-loaded to reward success. Insiders said that Sutherland would have gotten at least $2 million, though that was below his original $5 million and then $3 million ask. Fox wanted a budget around $30 million, while the filmmakers wanted $45 million to $60 million. Fox’s idea was always to make the film at a cost, and reward in the upside. The studio’s proposal, made a couple weeks ago, wasn’t addressed until this week, and when the crap hit the fan yesterday, the studio felt there wasn’t enough time to pull the picture off in seven weeks of prep. The studio was following its experience with X-Files, a TV property turned into a hit film, but made at a cautious budget. I’m told that Fuqua’s deal hadn’t been made yet. Sutherland, Imagine and Fuqua stood to reap up to about 25% of the proceeds after breakeven, to make up for the low upfront payments. I reached out for comment to Sutherland and Imagine this morning, but no one returned yet. Read More »
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Kiefer Sutherland said Sunday during Fox’ TCA panel for his new science-meets spirituality drama series Touch that he begins work shooting the long-discussed 24 movie in late March/early April. That jibes with what Deadline had previously reported as Sutherland’s schedule opens following his work on his new series, from Heroes creator Tim Kring, which has a special preview on January 25 before settling on March 19 into the Monday 9 PM time period — better known at Fox as “The Kiefer slot.” If the fact he’s jumping back into Jack Bauer’s well-worn shoes doesn’t make it clear, Sutherland said Sunday he has no interest in distancing himself from the eight years he spent saving the world on 24. He described having had little interest in diving back into the TV waters so quickly but was left little choice after reading the pilot script for Touch. “I remember getting to Page 35 and thinking, ‘Shit. I’m in real trouble here,’ ” Sutherland recalled. “The character is so vastly different (from that of Bauer), the tone of the piece is so vastly different. And that’s part of its appeal.” Read More »
The clock has started on 24, the feature version of the Imagine Entertainment/Fox series. The project brings back Kiefer Sutherland’s tireless government operative Jack Bauer. Mark Bomback — a favorite writer at 20th Century Fox writing The Wolverine and Shadow Divers – is doing some last minute tweaking of Billy Ray’s script, and will turn it in by year’s end. Imagine and the studio have about five directors in mind — no, Tony Scott is not attached anymore — and it will all begin happening very quickly in the early part of next year. The goal is to get the film into production to match Sutherland’s availability, which begins in April. That should give producer Brian Grazer something to do after he completes producing the Academy Awards, and it is certainly good news for fans of the show who were beginning to fear the project wouldn’t happen.
After months of hearing Fox executives talk about the pilot for new series Touch (back in August, the network’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly called it “extraordinary”), here is the first trailer for the science-meets-spirituality drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, which will premiere in the spring. Like in his previous series, NBC’s Heroes, Touch creator Tim Kring tackles the premise that everything in the universe is interconnected. Sutherland plays a widower whose mute 11-year-old son possesses the ability to detect patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events. The trailer was first unveiled Tuesday at MIPCOM, where Sutherland said that in contrast to his signature role on Fox’s 24, where he had to keep all the emotion back, his character on Touch is all about emotion, something that is on display in the trailer. Fox has not announced an exact launch date for Touch, but speculation is that the series would premiere in March in what has become known as the “Kiefer” slot on Fox: Monday at 9 PM, where 24 (as well as Heroes) aired.
Fox just picked up Touch last week and already Entertainment President Kevin Reilly is unveiling the new drama series with star Kiefer Sutherland and executive producer Tim Kring at his side for a Q&A after his MIPCOM 2011 keynote on October 4th in Cannes. Reilly also will use the keynote occasion to premiere an extended trailer for Touch, so international buyers and media will be among the first to see the footage. In this science-meets-spirituality hourlong, Sutherland plays a widower and single father who discovers that his mute 11-year-old son possesses the ability to see things that no one else can and the patterns that connect seemingly unrelated events. Reilly’s speech will explore “creativity in the connected age.” Touch is a production of 20th Century Fox Television, Tailwind Productions and Chernin Entertainment.
Tim Kring’s pilot Touch had been a lock for a series order pretty much since the moment Kiefer Sutherland committed to the project in February. Now the pilot, which was filmed over the summer because of Sutherland’s Broadway stint, has been officially picked up to series for midseason with a 13-episode order. There is speculation that the series would launch in March in what is known as the “Kiefer” slot on Fox, Monday at 9 PM where Sutherland’s previous series 24 aired, but the network is not confirming that. Here is Fox’s release:
FOX has ordered 13 episodes of the new drama series TOUCH, created and written by Emmy-nominated Tim Kring (“Heroes”), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. TOUCH, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland, will join the schedule in the spring of 2012. The pilot was directed and executive-produced by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”), and the show comes from Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
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EXCLUSIVE: They kicked butt on their previous shows, now they’re going toe-to-toe. British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the breakout star of J.J. Abrams’ short-lived NBC spy dramedy Undercovers, has landed the female lead opposite 24 alum Kiefer Sutherland in the Fox drama pilot Touch, written by Tim Kring. The project, which is considered a lock for a midseason series order, centers on Martin (Sutherland), who discovers that his genius son Jake (David Mazouz) is communicating with him through a complex series of numbers and may even be able to predict events before they happen. Mbatha-Raw will play Clea Hopkins, a social worker with Child and Family Services, who is evaluating Martin’s living situation to determine whether or not his son Jake should remain in the home. Mbatha-Raw completes the pilot’s core four-member cast, which also includes Danny Glover. Mbatha-Raw, repped by CAA, Principal and UK’s Curtis Brown, will next be seen in Larry Crowne.