Jack Bauer may have laid down his guns on TV, but Kiefer Sutherland might be coming back to television much sooner than expected.
Deadline is reporting that Sutherland is in negotiations to star in "Touch," a new pilot at Fox created by Tim Kring. If Sutherland signs on, he would portray a father who learns that his mute and autistic son can predict the future.
The only potential holdup appears to be Sutherland’s commitments to a Broadway show: Jason Miller’s "That Championship Season;" which opened last week. If Sutherland agrees to star in "Touch," production of the pilot would probably have to be pushed back.
Sutherland first made his mark in several feature films, including "The Lost Boys," "Bright Lights, Big City," "Young Guns," "A Few Good Men," "The Vanishing" and "Phone Booth." However, it was his role as Jack Bauer on "24" through eight seasons that made him an icon and earned him an Emmy Award for Best Actor in 2006.
"Touch" also marks a potential comeback project for Kring, whose last TV series was the comic book inspired "Heroes" on NBC before being canceled after four seasons. Prior to that also created "Strange World," "Crossing Jordan" and more recently, the internet based ARG "Conspiracy For Good."
Kring brought "Touch" to Fox last month. And the network has already signed Charles McDougall ("The Chicago Code") to direct the pilot.