Exclusive: Fox brings '24: Legacy' to Atlanta for production

Corey Hawkins ("Straight Outta Compton") stars in a new version of "24" to be shot in Atlanta. CREDIT: Fox
Corey Hawkins ("Straight Outta Compton") stars in a new version of "24" to be shot in Atlanta. CREDIT: Fox

Credit: Rodney Ho

Credit: Rodney Ho

By RODNEY HO/ originally filed Monday, May 16, 2016

Tick tock! Fox is bringing its "24" reboot "24: Legacy" to Atlanta for production later this year.

The series - which will star Corey Hawkins ("Straight Outta Compton") in a Jack Bauer-style role - will debut in the cushy post-Super Bowl slot Feb. 5 before moving to its regular Monday night spot Feb. 6 at 9 p.m. (The original "24" typically aired on Mondays at 8 p.m.)

Like the most recent Fox 2014 limited series revival "24: Live Another Day," this third round will only run 12 hours but each hour will be in real time. (My guess is calling it "12" would confuse people.) Although Kiefer Sutherland is an executive producer, he is not expected to appear on this version.

Hawkins has a relatively minor recurring role on "The Walking Dead" shot in metro Atlanta, so either he will be killed off quickly on the zombie show (which is possible) or he'll have to juggle the two roles.

I'm not sure where "24: Legacy" will be fictionally set but I read that it will likely be the D.C. area. Atlanta just stood in for D.C. on the HBO film "Confirmation." And actually on "The Walking Dead," the areas around Senoia are covering for Virginia.

Others appearing on "24: Legacy" are Miranda Otto ("Lord of the Rings") and Jimmy Smits ("NYPD Blue").

Deadline.com noted that the pilot got great buzz internally at Fox. (The pilot was not shot in Atlanta.)

A summary of the initial set up:

Written by 24 veterans Manny Coto and Evan Katz and directed by Stephen Hopkins (who helmed the original 24 pilot), 24: Legacy centers on military hero Eric Carter (Hawkins) whose trouble follows him back to the U.S. – compelling him to ask CTU for help. The show chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the real-time format that the original series became famous for.

Fox is also airing a new Lee Daniels drama "Star," which will be shot and set in Atlanta. That show is about an all-girls group and include Queen Latifah (who already spends a lot of time in Atlanta) and "Law & Order" star Benjamin Bratt on the cast.

The most recent Fox show to shoot from Atlanta was the short-lived "Red Band Society" in 2014-15.

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