Kiefer Sutherland Talks ’24: Legacy’, Says “Jack Bauer’s Still Out There”

By April 10, 2016

24 ran for 8 full seasons and a TV movie on Fox, then returned in 2014 for a half season entitled 24: Live Another Day. Though Jack Bauer will always be one of the most beloved and influential TV action characters of all time, there was a sense after Live Another Day that this time really was the last time. Seriously. For reals. No more, we swear.

Of course, this is television and Hollywood we’re talking about, so a property as popular and successful as 24 can’t stay dead for long. Production on the spin-off series, 24: Legacy is set to begin soon, with Dan Bucatinsky (Web Therapy) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) in the lead roles. Kiefer Sutherland has signed on as producer of the series but will not be returning as Jack Bauer…at least that’s what we thought. But in a recent interview with Rolling Stone the actor-musician hinted that TV’s greatest espionage hero may not be done after all.

I’ve said that twice and have been wrong, so I won’t say that again.

That was his answer when asked if he was really, truly done playing Jack Bauer. He went on to praise the new series as well as drop another tease about a potential return to the role:

It’s a phenomenal script…I think it’s going to be incredibly liberating for the writers to not have to figure out one more bad day for Jack Bauer. They get to write for new characters. And Bauer’s still out there, so you never know what’s going to happen.

Even though fans seemed to think 24 had overstayed its welcome, the idea of a Jack Bauer-less series was also met with great skepticism. Of course, he’s not confirming anything here and may just be messing with our heads, but you have to imagine there’s at least been a conversation about Bauer making an appearance of sorts in the new series. Perhaps for a passing-of-the-torch moment, or something like that. It does seem wrong to have a series carrying the 24 name that doesn’t feature the character somehow, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Kiefer’s wrong for a third time.

24: Legacy begins production soon and will air on Fox some time next year.

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