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OK, we’re going to do this one more time, damn it, and then that is it– Kiefer Sutherland said filming on a 24 movie would begin in 2011.  But, 20th Century Fox then shot down the script, yet Sutherland promised the film was still coming.  Then the actor promised the film would happen in 2012, and then the film became delayed before a 24 trilogy was promised.  Then, director Antoine Fuqua, who was set to direct the film, came out and said the project was finally dead due to Sutherland’s busy schedule.  And then, the series was rumored to get a mini-series spin-off rather than a film last week.

Well, it turns out the rumors were true, as the goofily-titled 24: Live Another Day is finally happening (and apparently Fox thinks have a name that reminds audiences of Die Another Day or one of those ridiculously-named Die Hard sequels is a good thing).  That’s right—Kiefer Sutherland has officially been hired to once again play super agent Jack Bauer, this time as in 12-hour TV mini-series, rather than a two-hour film or another 24-episode season that plays in 24-hour real time.

TV Line notes that Kevin Reilly, chairman of Fox, announced the news, and explained the 12-hour mini-series format vs. the 24-hour real-time format of the original series (you, know, the thing that kinda sorta defined the show and made it original):

“It’s 24 compressed over 12 weeks…It will go chronologically over the day, but it will skip hours. It will be dictated by the plot.”

He further noted that a two hour film cannot capture 24, but somehow 12 hours can capture 24, stating that 12 hours is the perfect format to display 24 hours because “the spine of the original 24 episodes was about 12 hours.  Those were when the big events occurred, and then there were little events and connective tissue in between. So we’re taking the best 12 of the 24.”

So, you can take from that statement that either half the original series was a waste of time, or Fox really doesn’t want to shell out for a full season of 24.  Either way, be happy Jack Bauer fans–24: Live Another Day will being airing in May 2014.

What do you think of the 24 news?

Source: TV Line