"Most, if not all" of 24 season 9 (also known as "Live Another Day") will take place outside of the US, says 24 executive producer David Fury, and it will "probably" take place in Europe. But even if the writers have a good idea of where they want the action to be set, "nothing is confirmed" as of now.
Here's what Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said at the TCAs :
"This is going to be set in an international setting. They've got great ideas, I love doing it this way. I have been really heartened by the amount of equity left in the show, I'm stopped by fans all the time, thanking me for bringing it back. Chloe will be central to Jack Bauer's new story, they have a really powerful arc for her in the next chapter. I'm pretty sure that will be it for returning cast, but there are several new characters joining."
So where will mayhem take place ?
Will it be the UK, Ireland or Malta, where Jack could get by a lot easier given these are the only places in Europe where English is an official language ?
Will it be Germany, where they could tie the story of Live Another Day to some of the dark areas of seasons 1-2 (Mandy, Max, Trepkos, the people pulling the strings of the assassination attempts on David Palmer) ?
Will it be France (:)), where it's now even more profitable for foreign productions to come and film (and where Donald Sutherland has a house, so if he happens to want to act in front of his son, he could come by) ?
Place your bets !
And here are interesting bits of an interview Howard Gordon did at the TCAs a few days ago :
"We'll keep it a 24 hour story but we'll tell 7-8, 8:15-9:15, 10-11 and then skip 3 hours if we need to. I think it's going to actually make us not have to do the pretzel logic of some of the stuff. It's still early, we're still full of hope, but I'm sure in about 3 weeks, I’ll be under the table crying."
About returning supporting players : "We literally just started so we don’t have the story locked down, we’re sort of exploring who’s out there and retrofitting people who are interesting."
Given that 24: LAD picks up 4 years after Day 8, "there's enough time for a new president. Even then, you have to ask how don't you take the fact that we've been through 6 presidents (Palmer, Keeler, Logan, Palmer Jr, Daniels, Taylor) ? When you've taken the archetypes of the presidents, how do you do something new? That’s the trick. How do you keep telling the story that's being told forward and not double back on yourself?"
And finally, here are two heartwarming tweets :
“@rwhiting: Will this season see a return to the smaller-scale, more personal plots / threats, as in season 1?” That's our desire.— David Fury (@TheDavidFury) July 4, 2013
Writing is on-going, casting news will start appearing late this fall, filming will begin early 2014 for a May première.
Sources : David Fury and CraveOnline.