24: Live Another Day to have smaller-scale, more personal threats?

24 writer and executive producer David Fury has responded to a fan on Twitter saying they aim to make the story more personal and smaller in scale, similar to the first season.


Although this is promising news for longtime fans of 24, keep in mind that Kiefer Sutherland said the exact same thing about Season 8 and by the fourth episode the writers had already introduced another massive threat (nuclear fuel rods). We won’t know for sure whether this pans out until May 2014 – but keep your fingers crossed!

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Well as I said in a previous comment which was. I’m not gonna make it a big deal tho. Whatever they come up with I’m sure will be good. We haven’t got the slightest idea of what the story is. But Jack being a fugitive sounds very personal to me & very character drivin. The story could be based around that. I get the feeling most of the story will still deal with Jack on the run. & the people he has to doge that’s personal in itself. But if there are other aspects to the story that’s fine to. I can’t wait to see what they come up with it will be interesting when we start seeing trailers.

Well I think the fact that Jack’s on the run sounds pretty personal to me. If there are other aspects of the story we don’t know about that’s fine. But If they can keep the main story about Jack being a fugitive that sounds pretty personal in my opinion. The story could focus mainly on that maybe not all of it. But most of it.

Yeah, I share your concerns 24spoilers. I’m just hoping the whole seven months (or more) they have to right twelve scripts will keep them on the right track. They just have to control their natural impulses to write the words “explosion” and “blow up” on the script and we’ll probably be fine.

Well this is 24 of course they’ll have a few things blow up. But in terms of story. Jack being a fugitive Sounds both very personal & intense @ the same time. The story may widen up because he’s a fugitive. I mean the U.S & Russians are looking for him. So it’s possible that the story can be personal & explosive at the same time. With a difference that Jack would be running/fighting for his life. Rather then going after or chasing a specific threat.

Kiefer said about the 24 movie that this time Jack have not to save America but to save himself, maybe they will use this idea for the mini series ?

That’s true it would be cool if they kept that idea. But this is 24 I’m sure there will be a few explosions.

Well David Fury has been one busy dude over the July 4th holiday, he answered like a dozen or so tweets from fans, haha… that’s dedication for you!

He pretty much came right out and said that the story for ‘Live Another Day’ will have “nothing absolutely to do with the movie”… consider that speculation settled then, and probably rightly so, they’re not going to take six months to crack and map out the story, and have around ten hours of eventual screen-time to tell it just for them to ‘borrow’ ideas wholesale from the unfilmed movie script!

It was already stated explicitly in the initial press reports back in May regarding the return of ’24’ as a limited series that this will be “a brand new story arc” and that’s as it should be. I have no doubt they’re aiming for the stars and swinging for the fences on this one, they have more time than they ever had on the series to work on the scripts in advance, let’s give ’em the breathing room to do it right instead of bombarding them with a million questions every time they log onto their Twitter accounts.

Whether Chloe will be in it, what time the new day begins, where will it take place, what will the threat be this time, will it be the last one or will more series’ potentially follow… these are all good questions, but I for one am more than prepared to wait in good time for them to be answered, the less I know when it finally airs next May the sweeter it’s gonna be!

May 2014 will come around before y’all know it, let’s have some patience, people…

Actually, after thinking about that totality of eventual screen-time to tell the ‘Live Another Day’ story in it’s entirety, I did a bit of mathematics… if each of the twelve respective episodes are standard 43-minute ones, the seventeen minutes for each hour they lose on advertisements amounts to 3 hours and 28 minutes in total over the entire run, bringing the total onscreen running time for ‘Live Another Day’ to exactly 8 hours and 32 minutes!

Still a heckuva lot more ’24’ than we ever would have had with the planned-now-abandoned movie trilogy plan, I think you all will agree… and if there’s more limited series’ after this one, that’s EVEN MORE Jack Bauer Power Hours to look forward to and get positively giddy with excitement about!

I wouldn’t mind a context where Jack is hiding under another identity, similar to how he started off Season 5 (and its prequel), while evading the Russians – and there can be some tension/drama in watching a “Fugitive”-mode of him always looking over his shoulder and on the run. But that would get old over a 13-episode arc. Maybe the season’s brevity could allow for the first half to be him dodging his pursuers, then find him forced to confront them in order to rescue a loved one (Chloe? Kim? Tony? Audrey? Kate? A former colleague/agent he partnered with on some mission before CTU?) and confront his enemies in second half.

I’m not sure the ‘clean slate’ approach, where S1-8 are left in the rear view mirror with brief references, is the best way to go. It can still be a ‘reboot’ without cutting any ties to the 8 seasons IMO.

One more note: if the series in any way returns CTU or Homeland Security into the context, I think they’d be hard-pressed to avoid any kind of terrorist-angle or attacks of the magnitude that S2-8 revolved around. By going more “personal” or “small-scale”, I’d worry that the show’s context might get too similar to the typical cop dramas on TV and reduce the extent of Jack’s capabilities as a special forces agent. There’s some appeal in the nature of Jack Bauer being in the realm of an internationally-experienced, specially-trained agent a la Jason Bourne.

“Gerry: ” He pretty much came right out and said that the story for ‘Live Another Day’ will have “nothing absolutely to do with the movie”… consider that speculation settled then, and probably rightly so, they’re not going to take six months to crack and map out the story, and have around ten hours of eventual screen-time to tell it just for them to ‘borrow’ ideas wholesale from the unfilmed movie script!”

that sucks, i really liked that script, the idea of jack being on the run in europe with the U.S. and Russians and etc after him, it sounded so awesome and fresh and new

and it just makes me wonder, ok so jack going to be in the U.S and going after a terrorist threat?? but he cant work with ctu, with the way season 8 ended. it just makes me wonder

“Gerry: “Still a heckuva lot more ’24′ than we ever would have had with the planned-now-abandoned movie trilogy plan, I think you all will agree… and if there’s more limited series’ after this one, that’s EVEN MORE Jack Bauer Power Hours to look forward to and get positively giddy with excitement about!”

my dream would be that the ratings for “Live Another Day” would be so good that fox decides to greenlight the 24 movie and then after that’s done, they have 24 go back to tv and do sequels for the limited series every 12 or 18 months or whatever

im glad 24 is coming back on tv in a limited series because its longer and you can do more on tv but i would like to be able to go to the movie theater and see jack on the big screen at least once, the character deserves it

Well I can’t wait to see what they come up with I’m excited! I’m sure whatever they come up with it’ll be great & I agree with Garry the fans have to be patient & let the writers make the story as awesome as they can. What I personally want is for them to do things we didn’t see in the series. I don’t wanna see the old idea’s recycled such as Chloe baling Jack outta trouble. I don’t mind if she doesn’t return honestly. I think if Jack’s a fugitive have him really be on his own not cooperating with any government including CTU… whatever the story is for this mini-series they come up is fine. I just don’t want to see old recycled idea’s redone. If or should Jack be on his own deliver that. Don’t throw in him having some sort of back up or CTU support. Or some sort of story ware Jack is all of a sudden going to get outta trouble because he helped with some crisis. The fact that Jack is a fugitive is new just don’t ruin that with recycled idea’s. Just do new things we didn’t see in the series & don’t recycle old idea’s that’s all I ask.

Northern Star
July 7, 2013 at 12:18 am
@Shady, you and I are on the same page regarding the non-event that was the proposed ’24’ feature film, I believed then and I still believe even now that it was the best possible and next logical step for the ongoing franchise, and yes, Jack Bauer did indeed deserve at least one big-screen outing!

I wish I could say the movie script was fantastic, I’ve never read it – although I live for the day it’s leaked online – but the whole premise of the film was a wholly new dynamic for ’24’ and certainly something we hadn’t seen before, that plus the fact it was a whole new medium they working in, gave the ’24’ movie a fresh new spin on what had went before. I also don’t agree with what Brian Grazer stated recently that the movie moved the character of Jack Bauer so far away from as he was originally conceived, it was putting Jack in a new situation with new stakes and new challenges to overcome in new surroundings, that’s called character development, Brian.

The ’24’ movie is officially DOA, @Shady, I wish it were not so, the studio could have very easily given them the $45m needed, hired a reliable director like Jon Cassar, and had the movie prepped and ready for shooting when Kiefer finished filming of ‘Touch’ back in January, with an early October release later this year, but I guess they thought another Adam Sandler or another Smurfs movie was a better investment, more fool them…

I think you guys can lay the 24 movie discussion to rest. Cause it’s not happening I think the fact that there talking about the possibility of sequels after this first run is a good thing & that can become a long franchise in itself. & that they got the old team back together is also a good thing it makes the likely hood of them doing sequels all the more possible. Obviously a two hour movie of 24 wasn’t 24 so this mini-series is the next best thing. & it won’t be to long before the DVD comes. I’m hopeful that they will consider sequels being made because this mini-series is a good start & the fans will have to stick with that. & that’s better then leaving the story in season 8 just hanging there like most networks will do with a series just leave it as is. Fortunately they made the smart decision not to do that with 24. Like I thought they would I’m happy to be proven wrong tho.

RorshachLives!
July 7, 2013 at 3:15 am
I totally get where Northern Star and Shsdy are coming from, when I first read about Live Another Day back in May the first thing I felt was surprise quickly followed by anger and disappointment that the 24 movie was’nt going to be made, I literally blew a gasket on ths site over it that day. But that was then and this is now, I’m over the 24 movie now and everything we have read about Live Another Day so far, the fact they have both Jon Cassar and Bob Cochran back in the fold, the fact they have SIX MONTHS to work out the story, and the fact that if it works and gets strong ratings and reviews we can look forward to at least a couple more limited series in the next few years, we have EVERYTHING to be happy about as 24 fans right now, next May literally can’t come soon enough, and when the new series airs, no-one and I mean NO-ONE will give the cancelled movie another thought because Live Another Day is going to “blow your socks off” as Kiefer so eloquently put it, ’nuff said!

original_trilogy
July 9, 2013 at 10:21 am
NO Chloe pleaseeeeeeee!!!!

No Chloe, no showy…

Here is one idea for Jack to be reconciled with the US govt that is fresh from the headlines: one of the US embassy’s is attacked by a terrorist group and just as it appears it is going to be overrun by the terrorists, a man appears on the scene and begins to fight off the attack. With his help, the guards are able repel the attack. Surveillance cameras catch a glimpse of the man and facial recognition matches it to Jack Bauer. The new president grants a pardon to Jack for his saving the day.

24fantothemax – fuck off! Let’s not go there again with all the provisional bases/presidential pardon shit.

I would have love to see Jack enjoy life a bit – like settling down wt Audrey, working closely wt white house/fighting terrorism 4rm white house as NSA boss, Defence Secretary, or Special aid 2 Mr/Madam Presedent on Terrorism, & guys like Chase coming back 2 d sceen……..

I think Jack will be conflicted between keeping his past securely behind him while still needing to save the few he cares about (Chloe, Kim, Teri) that bring his past to the present. I think Kim will search for Jack’s whereabouts abroad.

I realize that’s vague, but that’s the bravest guess I can venture :-)

Hopefully Jack can find a lover who understands him like Renee did …