13 May 2013 6:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

True to form, the deal to revive “24″ as a limited series next summer came together with real-time urgency during the past three weeks.

Imagine principal Brian Grazer credits longtime showrunner Howard Gordon for driving the final talks that led to Monday’s announcement that Jack Bauer would be back in action for 12 episodes skedded to bow in summer 2014. Ever the enterprising producer, Grazer sees the smallscreen revival as laying the groundwork for a “24″ feature down the road.

“It will be a huge event,” Grazer says of the show’s return to Fox in May 2014. The “24: Live Another Day” revival will be paired with another thriller, “Wayward Pines,” from M. Night Shyamalan.

In fact, a movie rendition of Fox’s innovative drama series had kicked around for years, even since the show bowed out in May 2010. Grazer was closing in on a deal 20th Century Fox a little more than »

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