'24' producer David Fury confirms show's return

Kiefer Sutherland will reprise his role as Jack Bauer in new 12-part series

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24 will return for a new 12-part series, the show's executive producer David Fury has confirmed.

Last night (May 9), Deadline reported that the FOX television network was looking to bring back its iconic real-time drama as a "limited series". It was understood that Kiefer Sutherland was in talks to reprise his role as Jack Bauer.

Now, the show's executive producer David Fury has confirmed on Twitter that the series has been given the go ahead. Retweeting the original story, he added: "Yep, I'm pulling double duty w/TYRANT. Whoo & Hoo!" When asked by a fan if the new "limited series" would is 8 or 12 episodes, Fury replied: "12".

A big screen version of 24 has been in the works since 2010, when the show's eight-season run on US network Fox came to an end. Sutherland was keen to reprise his role as anti-terrorist agent Jack Bauer and Training Day's Antoine Fuqua was brought on board as director.

However, progress has been slow and in March Fuqua suggested the project had been shelved. He said at the time: "I don't think it's gonna happen at all, definitely not with me."

Last month (April), Sutherland told The Sun that he would still "want to make the 24 movie as long as I can run." It is unclear if the new series puts an end to any film plans.

Sutherland has recently been starring in supernatural drama series Touch, but the Sky1 show has been cancelled after just two seasons. He previously appeared in all 192 episodes of 24 between 2001 and 2010. The show was known for its innovative method of "real-time storytelling", with each 24-episode season covering 24 hours in the life of his character Jack Bauer.

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