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Kiefer Sutherland: Big-Screen ’24’ Will Be Like Going Home

Kiefer Sutherland Fox photo

Kiefer Sutherland smiles when he talks about anticipating the late  April-early May start of production on the big-screen “24” movie.  “That’s like going home,” he says of getting back into Jack Bauer’s skin.

 It’s been more than five years since the “24” team first set its sites on making a feature.  Sutherland acknowledges, “That process has taken us so long; it’s such a complicated script to write.  Normally, we have 24 hours to tell a story.  Trying to condense it into two hours involves a lot of hard choices:  What kind of story do you want to tell?  How political do you want to make it?  How character-driven do you want to make it?”

Sutherland was in fine form at the Television Critics Association  Winter Press Tour this week, talking about his Jan. 25-debuting Fox “Touch”  series that has him as the father of a mute, possibly autistic boy who has an  astonishing understanding of numbers and their correlation to the universe.  The star was also was among the notables on hand at Fox’s party at Pasadena’s historic Castle Green Hotel, where he chatted away gamely and amiably even though a small group of reporters pretty much backed him into a little space behind a grand piano.  He elaborated on some of what he talked about at the earlier press conference — including the “24” film.

As far as the answers to all those questions about how political and/or character-driven the big screen “24” will be, he laughed and said, “You’ll have to wait and see it.”  He said that several “great actors have expressed interest in [acting in] it, either as an ally or villain.” 

Sutherland also anticipates more big names to turn up on “Touch” — which already boasts Danny Glover as a researcher who has a handle on matters where quantum physics meet metaphysics.  “Because it’s a procedural drama as opposed to a serialized show, we could get someone in and out as quickly as an episode,” noted Sutherland, who is also a producer on the series.  “Or, if someone was interested in being involved in a longer arc, I’m sure we could accommodate them.” 

Sutherland definitely made the most of his two years away from the TV cameras.  Asked what the time meant to him, he said, “I got some rest.  I got to think about other things I wanted to do.  I got to do two films I was very excited about, with very different characters.”  Those are Mira Nair’s upcoming “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” with Liev Schreiber and Kate Hudson, and Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” with Kirsten Dunst. 

“And doing  That Championship Season on Broadway.  I did those things and also had some time off, and got some rest — and realized that I missed working.”  

TV Trend Toward Fantasy, Horror Shows No Sign of Abating

Jason Butler Harner, Jonny Coyne, Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Santiago Cabrera, Parminder Nagra and Robert Forster Fox photo by Kharen Hill

TV viewer appetite for fantasy and horror has to be at an all-time high, considering the massive successes of ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” Fox’s “American Horror Story” and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” in 2011 — even NBC’s “Grimm” has been a brighter spot on the beleaguered network’s fall schedule.  Add those shows to such ongoing hits as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” HBO’s “True Blood,” the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and it’s obvious, other-worldliness is in.  With the midseason upon us, there is more supernatural stuff on the way.

Come January 16, there’s the highly-anticipated premiere of J.J. Abrams’ time-travel prison strangeness drama, “Alcatraz” on Fox, complete with “Lost’s” Jorge Garcia as a comic book enthusiast/expert on San Francisco’s notorious island lockup.  The same night, Syfy unveils “Lost Girl,” which we’re pretty sure must be the first ongoing series about a succubus (female demon who takes human form in order to drain the souls of men by having sex with them).

Fox’s upcoming “Touch,” stars Keifer Sutherland as the widowed father of a mute 11-year-old son who communicates only through numbers and can see things no one else can.  NBC’s “Awake” stars Jason Isaacs as a man shifting between two alternate realities — one in which his son was killed in an automobile accident, while his wife survived it, the other in which his wife was killed and his son survived.  ABC’s “The River” starring Bruce Greenwood boasts Oren Peli as exec producer; he’s the creative mind behind the “Paranormal Activity” films.  “The River” also relies on video camera realism, only this time, it’s out in the Amazon jungle, where a famous wildlife expert has gone missing and his family is on a search for him.  Things get very scary out there.

Whether this proliferation of paranormality is all due to TV’s practice of rushing to copy itself when something succeeds, or has to do with the harsh shape of the real world these days — or both — there’s no sign of the trend abating in 2012.

For instance, among the current crop of shows in development that are already getting buzz: a reboot of “Frankenstein.”