Jack Bauer Update: Prequel, Possible Movie, and Season 7

2008 may have been a bad year for Jack Bauer, a man who knows a thing or two about bad years, but the 2-hour prequel movie coming later this year should soothe over some of the pain fans of the show are feeling towards the writers for striking, and thus costing us Season 7, since delayed until 2009. So what’s up with Jack, the prequel movie, and how many Presidents has this guy survived since Season 1?

Kristin over at E! Online has all your 411 on the Jackster:

There “Probably” Will Be a 24 Movie: “I think we’re going to probably do the film when we stop doing the series, [but] I don’t know when it’s going to be,” says Kiefer. “I’ve loved making this show and I’ve always said that the audience ultimately will dictate and tell you when it’s time to stop.” Sweet—2050 works for me. Thanks for asking, Kief!

Carlos Bernard Is Not the Six-Million-Dollar Man: Regarding the seemingly miraculous upcoming resurrection of Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), exec producer Jon Cassar teases, “You will totally believe that he was alive when you see the unbelievably great explanation of what happened with Tony Almeida. And no, he’s not a bionic man.” I know. Did it turn out that wasn’t really his head in the box? Oh wait, wrong show.

Location, Location, Location: The prequel is set in Africa (a fictional country called Sengela), but the new season is set in Washington, D.C. Executive producer Howard Gordon says moving out of L.A. adds intensity: “There is a reason why thrillers tend to be set in Washington, D.C., because what’s at stake is represented iconically in Washington. The power and intuitions that have been threatened are there.”

Two Heads of State Better Than One? Says Cassar, “Cherry Jones plays our new female president. What you get in the prequel—which is also very interesting and I’ve never seen it before—is one president saying goodbye and the other president starting. Basically the prequel takes place on the inauguration day in Washington, and at the same time, in real time, [Jack is] in Africa.”

Jon Voight Must Be Killed Off (According to Jon Voight): Jon Voight as Jonas Hodges is all over the prequel movie, will also be on the series for the larger part of the season and is “involved in a Blackwater-type organization,” according to Cassar. Says Voight: “Obviously this guy is a villain and he’s a very serious villain. This is a very bad fellow.” So will he die a very bad death? “I deserve to,” says Voight with a laugh. “Whether justice will prevail or not, we will see.”

Final Fun Fact: Gordon says that if you do all the math on what year it is in 24-land to incorporate all the presidential administrations, it’s 2017. Jack Bauer must be rocking some good face cream, right?

Wow. 2017. Seriously, Jack Bauer must be the toughest sonofabitch alive. Then again, we already knew that, don’t we?

And for the 24 Movie, may I suggest 2009? Let’s face it, boys and girls, as much as we love Jack Bauer, having one guy save the day in 24 hours is getting a little ridiculous. Time to make the money before everyone turns off, FOX.

The prequel shows up November 23 in Africa, followed by all 24 episodes of Season 7 in January 2009.

Jack Bauer in 24