24: Live Another Day to film in London

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24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY Marks the First “24” Production to Film Abroad Since 2008 Telefilm “24: Redemption”

Twentieth Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and FOX are sending the production of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY across the Atlantic to London for a thrilling international adventure, as the new tent-pole event series restarts the clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama franchise starring Kiefer Sutherland. As previously announced, 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY will make its historic debut in the summer of 2014 on FOX.

“‘24’ has always had such a global sensibility,” said Sutherland, who also serves as an executive producer on the event 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.”

Co-showrunner and executive producer Evan Katz added, “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.”

Co-showrunner and executive producer Manny Coto continued, “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. 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.”

Originally premiering November 6, 2001, “24” was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of eight seasons, and a two-hour telefilm, Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor – Drama Series. While the series gained global recognition, Sutherland’s portrayal of the legendary character penetrated the American psyche like no other dramatic television character to become part of the cultural lexicon.


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Good idea, from London Jack may jump easily to Berlin, or Belgrad or Moscow…but the most important is the story line, I hope there will be one or two stong villains and not russians, chinese, serbs, arabs…

Wow, they’re really giving us drips of news every few weeks aren’t they? I like that.

This is the logic place for them to go. 24 has always been really popular in the UK.

The ’24’ team have been mulling over shooting in London as far back as 2006 when they were thinking of a possible movie, so this news is not a surprise and is certainly a logical development… and a welcome one, it has to be said, the genius of ’24’ was it could take place in any state, any country, and so long as it was in real time and Jack Bauer was at the centre of events, it was still ’24’!

I’m not sure if that press release implies the entirety of ‘Live Another Day’ will take place in London – which is how I read it – or other locales will be featured. Either way, I’m good with how things stand with the upcoming new series, London is a strongly visual city with a history of terrorism (Catholic, Irish, and Islamic) so having Jack tear up the place in England, plus the new and tighter narrative format should ensure the newest chapter of the Jack Bauer Power Hour should be a rip-roarin’ one… and unlike our good friend Ozgur, I have EVERY confidence that HoGo and team are gonna knock this one out of the park!

As far as a new threat goes, what about dissident Irish Republican terrorists, which is something the ’24’ team haven’t featured yet…?

I think that would be a touchy subject to be honest.

Im so excited for this! its not every day your favorite show comes back 4 YEARS after having its series finale!

Touchy for who, Jack? I am Irish and it wouldn’t be touchy for me… remember this is a series that had a subplot of fabricated evidence justifying a race to war right at the exact same time as the Iraq war was beginning… one person’s touchy subject is another person’s timely one!

Exactly, this show shouldn’t be scared of approaching touchy subjects. Of course it depends on how they approach it, but nothing should be off-limits. Just look at all the shows on cable!

I’m Irish too Gerry, but I’m sure some Irish people would get wound up and say “Oh, they’re portraying Ireland and it’s people in a bad light”. But then again, you have a fair point. You could say the same thing for the Muslim community… I certainly wouldn’t mind for them to do it on Irish Republicans.

Where in Ireland by the way :) Co. Antrim here

’bout ye, Jack dude, it’s a small world… Antrim resident too!

I agree it depends on how they present it, but it’s been done before reasonably well – the Jack Ryan film ‘Patriot Games’ for example – and it’s not only a threat that ’24’ hasn’t touched on yet but having it set in London would certainly give it dramatic gravitas considering the history. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the primary threat of the story, it could be like the General Juma threat in Season 7, beginning the story but as it progresses, the layers are pulled back and eventually the REAL villains are exposed!

Ultimately though, they probably won’t go down that route, but whatever they choose let’s hope it’s interesting and relatively original… in other words, no more Middle Eastern terrorists, no more Russian separatists/nationalists, no more nukes, and no more shady American corporations/defense contractors using terrorism to push an agenda that supposedly “makes our country stronger”.

That being said, if they feel like bringing back Mandy then I’ll… oh wait, I’ve said that before, haven’t I ;-)…!?

Haha Gerry, was just eating a packet of Tayto while reading that.

I really hope they don’t bring Tony Almeida back. I know that a lot of fans like him.. but if we want 24 to have widespread appeal and critical acclaim, it needs to have a clear & fluid storyline. By introducing old characters which only ‘old’ 24 fans know about, it just confuses things and new viewers won’t have the same love of Tony Almeida as everyone else.

I do think though that David Fury and the team will bring back Almeida. I don’t know why, but David Fury’s tweets seem to hint at this. He isn’t downright denying anything. See here for example: https://twitter.com/TheDavidFury/status/379822332363038720

You guys think we’ll see an ad ready for Superbowl? Would FOX be willing to put that much money in? For US readers: is there many upcoming TV ads shown during Superbowl?

^HAHAHA, I love Jon Cassar’s response (I also don’t want Tony back, btw, even though I love him as a character):

David Fury
If one more person asks me to bring Tony Almeida back, JUST ONE… Then I will not bring Tony Almeida back! Let it be on your heads!

Jon Cassar
Fine then…can you bring Carlos Bernard back.

David Fury
Oh, okay. We’ll bring Carlos back as his much more evil twin: Phony Almeida!

Hi all Irish people, I love Ireland (I know only the south but I’ve been there a lot of times)May I give my French opinion ? for me Irish Republicans (like IRA) are not really terrorist as Al Qaida is. OK they attacked bristish soldiers but they didn’t commit mass attack again civilians, so IMO they are not such a great threat as Islamists.

Hey Catherine sweetie, don’t want this site to get political at all (there’s enough of that in real life as well as elsewhere on the ‘net!) amd I understand you may not be too familiar with the ins and outs of the Irish situation, but both sides (Republican as well as Loyalist) most certainly DID target civilians – both Protestant and Catholic alike – they set bombs where they knew there would be heavy civilian casualties over and over again… the only difference between Irish terrorism and Islamic terrrorism is motivation; one is political whilst the other is religious but it’s still terrorism at the end of the day that believes the cold-blooded murder of innocents justify whatever ends they seek!

I think David Fury is playing with everyone in regards to Tony Almeida, it’s a near certainty that he’s not going to be in ‘Live Another Day’… besides there being no real story reason for his return, Howard Gordon has already stated recently they felt they overplayed the Tony angle somewhat by the end of the series’ run, so if he does return at some point, it won’t be in next year’s series!

And that Twitter exchange between Fury and Cassar was absolutley hilarious… Phoney Almeida indeed, haha!

I’m guessing if not now & there are no signs that there are. Tony may return in future sequels.

Catherine: I think you meant to say Islamist extremists at the very end of your post.

Dear Gerry, I didn’t want to hurt your political feelings…but, when it comes to 24 it is inevitable to talk politics ;-)

Catherine sweetie, you didn’t hurt my feelings – political or otherwise – no worries there but thanks for the sentiment though!

Funny that Howard Gordon says they’ve overplayed the Tony angle. Because I can think of many, MANY angles that have been far more overplayed.

First and foremost Chloe. Who should have gone into the sunset with Morris and the new baby after season 6. In fact Chloe has never served any dramatic purpose outside of season 5. She’s always been (not very funny) comic relief, or a cheat code for the writers when they’re trying to get Jack out of a tough spot.