24: Fox in ‘Active Creative Discussions’ to Bring Series Back in Some Form

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It sounds like time might not have run out on the 24 franchise yet, as talks are currently underway at Fox about the popular action-crime drama making a return.

According to a report by Deadline, there are “active creative discussions” happening at Fox over the show’s “potential” to come back to our screens with a new take. Speaking to the outlet, Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn confirmed that there is “still a possibility” 24 could be brought back in some form.

Thorn didn’t clarify his comments to reveal any explicit details of the conversations going on at Fox, other than confirming that they’re happening. “There’s still some discussions with the producers on a take that we have yet to hear,” he said of the show’s possible return to the network. “There [are] some active creative discussions that are happening.”

The show’s executive producer Howard Gordon also recently told Deadline that a new version of the show had been “percolating,” though he was careful not to reveal any details about what a return might look like, as he cautioned that they wouldn’t be able to make anything official until all of the pieces had come together.

This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard murmurs of a 24 revival though. Back in 2018, it was reported that Fox had been planning some offshoots from the flagship series, including a 24 prequel series starring a young Jack Bauer, with creators Joel Surnow and Bob Cochran returning alongside showrunner Howard Gordon.

Fox announced they had scrapped the spinoff series in 2020 and appeared to call a time out on conversations of a comeback as news about a 24 revival petered out. However, Thorn told Deadline that Fox is keen to celebrate the network’s iconic shows and revisit them with “surprising takes and new approaches.”

The original Kiefer Sutherland-fronted series ran for eight seasons before being followed up by 24: Live Another Day and then 24: Legacy, starring Corey Hawkins, Jimmy Smitts, and Miranda Otto. Fox cancelled the latter series after just one season, though the network expressed its hope in continuing the franchise with a “new version” that featured a fresh cast.

Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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