Who runs the world? Girls! Or so it would seem in the land of TV and Film right now. Fox are joining the campaign to have more female lead roles with the news that they are developing a new series of 24 with a female lead taking the reins.
The new series is said to be keeping the real-time format but focusing its plot on criminal justice, moving away from its terrorism theme. The new show could centre on a female prosecutor who uncovers a legal conspiracy and has to work against the clock to save a death row inmate facing imminent execution whom she had helped prosecute but may be innocent. It is also said to be part of an anthological take on 24 that would tackle a new world with new characters each season.
The new show in the 24 franchise is the brainchild of executive producers Howard Gordon and Imagine’s Brian Grazer, as well as former The Killing writer-producer Jeremy Doner and the franchise’s production companies, 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV. Doner will write the script with Gordon, who ran the original series.
During the summer, Fox had already revealed they were looking to expand on the 24 Franchise, ”We are really exploring what the future, the next version of 24 might be, maybe in more anthological storytelling,” Fox chairman Dana Walden said then, with sources at the time indicating the network may develop multiple ideas before deciding which one to proceed with. I hear that still may be the case.
“The same kind of ticking-clock format but apply it to something else,” then-Fox Entertainment president David Madden said at TCA. “It will have the same urgency but may not be set in the CTU, it will have same style and urgency but in a different venue.”