“24” Failed Film & ‘Legacy’ Prequel Talk

Imagine TV is set to premiere “24: Legacy” in a few weeks, a minor reboot/continuation of the company’s signature action drama. It marks a changing of the guard as this will be the first season of the show to center around someone other than Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer.

Imagine Entertainment producer Brian Grazer is a key player in the revival and has been keeping the franchise alive for some time, such as with its previous ninth season event series ‘Live Another Day’.

At one time Grazer also led a push for film version of the property and managed to get showrunner Howard Gordon involved. However the project never got off the ground. He tells Deadline:

“I got Howard [Gordon] involved, I got Kiefer [Sutherland] involved, I worked on the movie for two years…. [but] it just worked better for television. We couldn’t really find the right world to put it in, the right location. To base it in America seemed not very authentic whereas to do a TV show in America was the perfect bridge.

We put it in European countries, but it wasn’t working there with the economics, we couldn’t find enough money to make it. So we couldn’t find the right location, we couldn’t find the right story, and it was always too expensive.”

“24: Legacy,” which runs for twelve episodes, aims to reflect more modern issues such as decentralized terrorist activities under ISIS.

The focus is on Eric Carter (Corey Hawkins), an ex-Army Ranger who has been targeted by a terrorist organization out for revenge after he participated in the operation to take out a terrorist leader.

Those who want to know more about Carter’s background will get some new info in a 5-issue prequel comic book series titled “24: Legacy – Rules of Engagement” which was written by Christopher Farnsworth.

The comics look at Carter’s history including his stints in Iraq and Washington, D.C. over the years. “24: Legacy – Rules of Engagement” will become available both in stores and digitally in April.

“24: Legacy” premieres on Sunday, February 5th right after the Super Bowl.