Kiefer Sutherland has ruled out returning as Jack Bauer again, insisting: “24 is definitely over now for me.”
The show’s executive producer Howard Gordon is currently working on what Fox has described as “another version” of 24. The proposed spin-off will follow a new, twentysomething male terrorist hunter working in tandem with an older female agent who has not previously appeared in 24.
Gordon revealed in June that there were no plans for Sutherland to feature in the spin-off series, but said that the door would remain open for him. However, the actor has now confirmed that he will not be returning.
“24 is definitely over now for me,” he told 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.”
In January of this year, Fox revealed that the producers of 24 had pitched a new season of the show that could work with or without Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. The actor reprised his signature role after a four-year break for last year’s 12-episode “limited series” 24: Live Another Day.
24 originally ran for eight seasons and 192 episodes between 2001 and 2010, and is considered the longest-running US espionage-themed TV drama ever having outlasted other iconic spy shows including The Avengers and Mission: Impossible.