Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Has Kiefer Sutherland Got The ‘Touch’?

The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that Kiefer Sutherland could be back on our television screens a lot sooner than most people imagined.

Apparently the man who was Jack Bauer on 24 for eight seasons is in early negotiations to return to FOX in the leading role in a pilot from Heroes creator Tim Kring entitled Touch.

Touch reportedly revolves around a father who discovers that his mute, autistic son can predict events before they happen; Sutherland’s role would be that of the father.

Personally I think the whole thing sounds a bit like the sort of box office flop we’ve seen numerous times over the past few years – sort of like a dire amalgamation of the dogshit Next which starred Nicolas Cage and Mercury Rising which featured Bruce Willis and a pre-Jack Donaghy Alec Baldwin.

That said, coming from the pen of Kring could mean that Touch brings something different to this played out narrative, much like Heroes originally did for the superhero genre.

Touch is Kring's first pilot script since Heroes which debuted on NBC in 2006 and had a revelatory first season before solely losing its way and eventually being cancelled last year after four seasons.

A Sutherland-Kring partnership could be very special indeed, but the deal is only in the preliminary stages at present and may not happen due to Sutherland’s still gruelling schedule – he is currently on Broadway and talk of the 24 movie just won’t die down.

One thing is for sure, whether Touch happens with Sutherland or not, the next TV projects for both Kring and Sutherland, if they happen, will be two of the most highly anticipated shows of recent years.


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