British-born Canadian actor, producer and director Kiefer Sutherland arrives on the red carpet for the premiere screening of "Forsaken" at the 2015 Whistler Film Festival in British Columbia, December 4, 2015. Photo by Heinz Ruckemann/UPI | License Photo
PASADENA , Calif., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- FOX says it has ordered the pilot 24: Legacy, but the possible new drama series will not feature Kiefer Sutherland reprising his iconic role of U.S. Counter Terrorism Unit Agent Jack Bauer.
The first installment in the proposed spinoff is to be shot this winter. No casting has been announced yet.
"The pilot will feature an all-new cast of characters and retain the real-time, pulse-pounding, fast-paced format with split screens and complex interweaving storylines, with each episode representing one hour of an eventful day," the television network said in a press release Friday.
"The project will revolve around a military hero's return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back -- compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil."
Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz are to serve as executive producers of the project, which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Imagine Television and Gordon's Teakwood Lane Productions.
24 originally premiered Nov. 6, 2001, and was nominated for a total of 73 Emmy Awards during its eight-season run, winning the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006.
Sutherland garnered seven Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The most recent chapter in the franchise, 24: Live Another Day, was a 12-episode event series that premiered in the summer of 2014 on FOX, reuniting series stars Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver and William Devane. The limited series was both a critical and ratings hit, garnering three Emmy Awards.