Comic Con 2016 Report: 24: Legacy

24 Legacy

The very last panel I attended at Comic Con 2016 was for 24: Legacy, the “next evolution” of the Emmy Award-winning series that aired on FOX for eight seasons from 2001 to 2010 and then returned for a 12-episode limited run in 2014.

While this new version will not include lead star Kiefer Sutherland or the other main characters of the series, the executive producers who spoke during the panel shared that they are still out there in the world. This version will simply be an expansion of the ‘24’ world.

The cast members on the panel included new lead star Corey Hawkins (from the box office film Straight Outta Compton), Jimmy Smits (of NYPD Blue fame) and Miranda Otto (from Homeland and The Lord of the Rings franchise) as well as executive producers/writers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz.

The full synopsis of the show follows:

Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant Eric Carter (Hawkins), killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath, Bin-Khalid’s followers declared a fatwah against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. But a recent attempt on Carter’s own life makes it clear to him that his team is now exposed.

To thwart further attacks, Carter enlists Rebecca Ingram (Otto), who quarterbacked the raid that killed Bin-Khalid. She’s a brilliant and ambitious intelligence officer who has stepped down from her post as National Director of CTU to support her husband, Senator John Donovan (Smits), in his campaign for President of the United States. Decades of sleepless nights and missed anniversaries landed her at the top. With the White House within their grasp, can she truly embrace a new role as First Lady? Or will her love of the action draw her back in?

Together, in this fast-paced thrill ride, Carter and Ingram uncover a sophisticated terrorist network that will force them to ask: “Who can we trust?” As they battle Bin-Khalid’s devotees, they are forced to confront their own identities, families and pasts.

When asked, Howard shared that Kiefer loved the new story idea created by Evan and Manny and is “behind it.” While the characters will be different, the EP’s shared what will be the same from the original series: “the clock will still tick, the box shots of the scenes and the split screens are the same, the show will still be in real time, and it will still have the same sense of time.”

Corey then shared that his character is a “new hero for a new day”; and as it turned out the executive producers revealed they thought the casting process for the lead role would be more arduous, but it wasn’t. Corey was offered the role and he said yes right away. Corey then chimed in that “every day was a new adventure (while filming the show).”

The executive producers also shared that the marriage between Smits’ and Otto’s characters is a “marriage that has never been done on 24 before”; and as explained in the synopsis, the dire circumstances experienced by Carter will, more than likely, interrupt their political endeavors.

’24: Legacy’ will air on FOX on February 5 after the Super Bowl.