I loved the return of Jack Bauer and 24 this year, and I felt that Live Another Day almost reached the heights of 24’s glory days (Seasons 1-5). Seeing Bauer back was good enough for Me, but actually seeing people (eventually) agreeing with him and supporting him made for a refreshing change, and I was really excited by new character Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski).
Is Kate strong enough to carry on 24 if a new series is made? Doubtful, 24 is all about Bauer, and without him the show just wouldn’t be the same. However, frustratingly Live Another Day did not offer any real conclusion to Bauer’s story, and instead left it on a cliffhanger like every season (apart from Season Eight), so it would be unfair to Bauer fans to not do something else with the series. We all at least deserve closure on Bauer’s character, and Season Eight had probably the best closure fans could have hoped for (killing Bauer would be a terrible decision).
The positive buzz around Live Another Day has prompted Fox to consider bringing 24 back for a tenth season, and in July Fox Networks Group Chairman CEO Peter Rice said: “I loved this year’s season of 24. I’ve always been a fan. We haven’t had a specific conversation about it coming back yet, but I’m sure we will in the future. It’s a wonderful franchise. When you look at the show itself, it has many more stories to tell. I think we need to sit down and talk to the creators.”
So while Fox consider bringing back Bauer and (hopefully) Kate for a tenth season, there is still the question of the long gestating movie adaptation, an idea I am not particularly fond of (Redemption was not exactly brilliant).
Last November Keifer Sutherland continued to tease fans about the 24 movie, stating “The film’s an ongoing situation. There’s always an opportunity to do that.”
Well, after the critical and viewing figures success of Live Another Day, Imagine Entertainment are now picking up pace again on the movie adaptation, something which was exclusively revealed by TVLine:
According to sources, Imagine Entertainment — perhaps buoyed by the positive buzz generated by Fox’s 24: Live Another Day revival — is kicking around a new feature idea. Imagine Chairman Brian Grazer is said to be particularly keen on the pitch, which has yet to be brought to 20th Century Fox.
A 20th rep declined to comment.
I am sure there will be much more on this as it develops.