Kiefer Sutherland is returning to US television tomorrow as a US president in the political drama Designated Survivor.
Meanwhile a new-look 24 is on the way in 2017 with Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) as military hero Eric Carter.
Sutherland, who returned for a season in 2014, says he is done with Jack Bauer on the small screen.
“The whole hook to get an audience back to watch it was, this is a onetime deal, so you should watch it—and then, when it worked out for us, go, oh, we decided to do another one? I don’t think that’s right,” he told AdWeek. “And how many bad days can one guy have before it starts to look stupid? Probably about seven, but we did nine!”
“We love Kiefer so much. If he had wanted to do 24, we would have done a Jack Bauer version of it,” confirms Gary Newman, co-CEO and co-chairman, FOX Television Group. “But he felt it was time to rest that character.”
But wait…. Sutherland also keeps the door open for a feature film.
“I know never to say that. It doesn’t mean that we can’t make the [long-in-the-works 24] film,” he says. “It’s a character that I love until the day I die.” Gordon publicly expressed hope earlier this year that Sutherland would make an appearance on 24: Legacy, but Sutherland clarifies that “there is absolutely no plan” for that.
If he does ever return as Bauer, Sutherland vows, “it will not ever be a series again.”