FOX has officially confirmed that not one but two spin-offs based on its hit real-time action thriller series “24” are in the works.
One will be a prequel dealing with the younger days of Kiefer Sutherland‘s Jack Bauer character. The second will be a legal thriller set across the 24 hours ticking down until a prisoner’s execution. Making the announcement at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour today, FOX CEO Gary Newman says of the prequel:
“We feel (the 24 format) still has a lot of power and a lot of legs. Times are fraught now, these are emotional times. Security continues to be a big issue. In terms of the prequel, people love Jack Bauer and (we) would tell a story that I think the audience would very much connect with – of how he became that character. It would be set in the same world of security.
Those involved don’t know how young they might cast the new Jack Bauer as it will depend upon what take creators Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran come up with. As for the legal thriller:
The idea of moving the franchise from terrorism and security into the legal world is something we talked about as far back as season 3 or 4 of 24 where, from time to time, there would be discussions of spinoffs. You have to look for an arena where the stakes are high and time matters.
[The legal spin-off] deals with an execution of a prisoner and there are just 24 hours left until the execution is supposed to take place. So the stakes are high and it potentially has a lot of the same values of the original 24. Regardless of the political climate, the times always right for a show of that type.”
There’s no word on episode count for either series. Fox cancelled previous spin-off series “24: Legacy” last year.