Hit show 24 to be rebooted with a female lead

The acclaimed TV drama 24 is set for a comeback, with a female character as its lead.

Hollywood website Deadlinereported that the reboot will follow the similar fast-paced 24-hour time format of the original series but will focus on criminal justice instead of terrorism.

In the new series plot, the female lead, a lawyer, must halt the impending death-row execution of a potentially innocent prisoner she'd originally prosecuted, says Deadline.

It will be the fourth interpretation of the original Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series since it premiered in 2001 with star Kiefer Sutherland.

The reboot has a script commitment and is being driven by the producer of the original series Howard Gordon, Oscar-winning heavyweight producer and co-founder of Imagine Entertainment Brian Grazer, and writer for US crime series The Killing, Jeremy Doner.

Fox executives recently spoke of their desire to revamp 24, with then-Fox Entertainment president David Madden telling journalists in August: "The same kind of ticking-clock format but apply it to something else??? It will have the same urgency but may not be set in the CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit); it will have the same style and urgency but in a different venue".

Fox hopes it will be more successful than the previous reboot, 24: Legacy, starring Australian actress Miranda Otto, which premiered on Channel Ten in February but was cancelled by June.

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