Actor Kiefer Sutherland quit hit show 24 because he wants to work on other TV projects.
The Lost Boys star has played the show’s main character, agent Jack Bauer, for more than a decade, but producers recently confirmed 2014’s mini-series 24: Live Another Day would be his last outing.
Kiefer has now declared he is glad to finally leave Bauer behind because he longs to tackle other TV roles.
“24 is definitely over now for me,” he tells the BBC. “It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been given as an actor, but it’s moving on without me, I want to do other things… I want to do more television. My experience of 24 was unbelievable… I don’t think there’s a better medium than television out there at the moment. So I think I want to do more of it and look for projects where I can repeat my experience.
“You have to take your time though to find something like it – and that means you have to work less. So I’ll be waiting for something that’s worth it, with the potential for the kind of audience access that 24 had.”
However, Kiefer admits he may still make a guest appearance in the revamped show, adding that he has not “ruled out a cameo”.
24 premiered in 2001 and became a huge international success, winning 20 Emmy Awards over the years.
It racked up eight full seasons, as well as 2008 TV movie 24: Redemption and the shortened 24: Live Another Day series.
I’ve just added screen captures to the gallery of Kiefer in River Queen!
While browsing the Film Projects category, you will also noticed I moved things around a bit. I have split up Kiefer’s film projects into 3 categories, Early Work (1984-1990), Later Work (1992-2006) and Present Work (2008-present). Because Kiefer has so many movie projects, I felt the one large page was a bit intimidating and hopefully you all agree splitting them up makes it much neater in the gallery
Kiefer Sutherland will only make guest appearances in a new version of 24, according to executive producer Howard Gordon.
The producer confirmed media reports that a spinoff of 24 is in the works from franchise veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz, with a new male hero being introduced at the center of the series.
Gordon told TV Line that the proposed spinoff will pair this agent with an older, experienced female partner for an entirely new adventure.
Sutherland is being eyed to make a few appearances as Counter Terrorist Unit operative Jack Bauer (Sutherland) during the season.
This 24 is initially planned as a one-off event like the Live Another Day miniseries, but Gordon hinted that it could grow into a long-running series.
Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman revealed in May that his network was in the “early” stages of creating a spinoff to the main 24 program.
Earlier this year, it was suggested that 24 might return without Sutherland, as he previously admitted that he couldn’t see himself returning to the series.
Fox later clarified that Sutherland would always be welcomed back to the franchise.
When Kiefer Sutherland and the producers of Forsaken pulled up stakes in Alberta, Canada two summers ago, they allegedly left town owing a lot of money to local vendors and crew members. And now the Alberta Labour Relations Board has ruled that the producers won’t get access to some $1.7 million in Alberta film grants until the workers and suppliers are paid.
The troubled Western, which has yet to be released, stars Sutherland as a quick-draw killer who returns to his hometown to repair his relationship with his estranged father, played by his real-life dad, Donald Sutherland.
When the production company left town, the Directors Guild of Canada and Alberta IATSE Local 212 brought the matter to the attention of the Labour Board, which has now ruled that four of the Canadian companies involved in the film’s production, including Kiefer Sutherland’s Camel Entertainment, will not be allowed to take receipt of the film credits until the Labour Board completes its investigation or orders otherwise.
“A number of proceedings have been brought at the Alberta Labour Relations Board after the producers of the film went into major default while undertaking principal photography in Alberta in the summer of 2013,” the IATSE said in a statement. “Large amounts of money remain owing in respect of cast and crew benefits, and many local vendors remain unpaid. Post-production work on the film continued in other jurisdictions, despite the large debts left behind.”
The Board, which found that there was a danger of the film grant funds being removed from Alberta “with the stroke of a pen,” agreed with the unions’ argument that they would be harmed should that happen.
Sutherland’s spokesperson declined comment.
The Expendables 3 might not have set the box office alight, but you can’t keep a good action hero down.
Sylvester Stallone is reportedly planning to bring his OAP ass-kicker franchise to the small-screen, with an Expendables event series in the works at Fox.
Much like how the films united action heroes of ’80s and ’90s cinema – Stallone, Schwarzenegger et al – so this new show is looking to bring together iconic TV tough guys from yesteryear.
Casting is yet to be confirmed, but in the meantime, here’s Digital Spy’s dream team for the TV Expendables.
1. Kiefer Sutherland
He might not be eager to reprise Jack Bauer any time soon (dammit!) but Kiefer has to be on this list. His commanding presence makes him a natural fit for team leader – the TV equivalent of Stallone’s Barney Ross.