Japanese version of 24 in production, set to air in 2020

The following article takes place between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Events occur in real time.

Previously on 24, American counterterrorist operative Jack Bauer took the world by storm and made curbing civil liberties fun and exciting again. It grew into a rip-roaring eight seasons full of nuclear bombs, weaponized viruses, and even the occasional mountain lion attack.

But all things must end eventually, and the series wrapped up in 2014, leaving us dry of real-time torture and loud whispering, save for the occasional spin-off and pseudo-season.

But now, reports have surfaced that TV Asahi and 20th Century Fox are working together to make a Japanese version of 24.

This new day will be set in Japan but still adhere to the real-time plot development. It will also follow a similar story to the American version’s first season in which an African-American presidential candidate was targeted for assassination. Although it would be really interesting to have a black candidate for the Prime Minister of Japan, they are unfortunately going for the more likely scenario of a female frontrunner this time.

However, no lead has been determined to play the part of Jack’s Japanese counterpart yet. Also undecided is the nature of the threat to Japan in this iteration of 24. The past incident that will trigger the events of the new first season is tentatively planned to be Japanese Jack’s involvement in a hostage rescue and bombing of a chemical weapons factory in an undetermined country.

So how do potential viewers in Japan feel about this import? Let’s hear from the online reaction to the news.

“What’s with all the remakes?”
“Stupidity. I lost interest the moment I heard ‘Japanese version.’”
“There are no guns or torture in Japan, so this will be a boring 24.”
“I can see the lame, cheaply produced CGI explosions already!”
“I can’t imagine how a 24 taking place in Japan won’t look ridiculous. Someone running down the street shooting at terrorists…in Japan?”
“They’re going to get some idol to play Chloe.”
“Jack has to be a balding, grizzled-looking guy, so Ken Watanabe?”
“Female prime minister? I smell a love story…”

Needless to say, people are skeptical. Still, they raise some valid concerns and I think there are three big hurdles Japanese 24 will have to overcome to stand a chance of not being stupid.

Badass actors

Personally, I think the backbone of the 24 franchise was the non-stop cavalcade of famous Hollywood heavies such as Peter Weller, Joaquim de Almeida. and when you least



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