By Tim Molloy
Jack Bauer will go to merry old England for the “24″ reboot, “Live Another Day.”
The show’s producers announced the hop across the Atlantic on Thursday. The limited-run series will debut next summer and somehow cram 24 hours of action into 12, this time with Big Ben keeping time.
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“‘24’ has always had such a global sensibility,” said star Kiefer Sutherland, who also serves as an executive producer on the series. “But to be able to tell this intense ‘24’-style story with the beauty of Europe’s history and architecture as the backdrop is going to be fascinating. Hopefully, by the time you’re finished watching an episode, you’ll feel like you’ve been there…on the edge of your seat.”
Added co-showrunner and executive producer Evan Katz: “We wanted the show’s return to be an event, and part of that was putting Jack in a very different context. Four years ago, we left Jack a fugitive from justice and we’re going to pick him up four years later in London.”
“Jack is soon back on the run and it takes us into the streets of London and in places that break new ground for the show,” said co-showrunner and executive producer Manny Coto. “We’ve shot in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Cape Town — but now we’re in London and Jack’s loose on the streets of Europe, hunted by and hunting bad guys.”
In an eight-season run that began Nov. 6, 2001, “24” was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006.
The new limited-run series is a production of 20thCentury Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland will executive produce, along with more producers to be announced. The original series, which aired its finale on May 24, 2010, was created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran.