Next up for Kiefer Sutherland: An internet series! EXCLUSIVE

Kiefer-MasterKiefer Sutherland, internet star? That’s the plan: EW has learned exclusively that Sutherland will follow up his critically-beloved run on 24 with a web series that’ll bow on Hulu this March. Dubbed The Confession, the 10 five-to-seven-minute webisodes will feature Sutherland as a hitman who has a theological discussion with a priest (John Hurt of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) about why his victims deserved to die. The series, which was written and directed by Brad Mirman, ends with one helluva twist.

“It came about in such a different way,” Sutherland tells EW exclusively. “I was meeting a couple friends of mine, who wanted to introduce me to Chris Young (of Digital Broadcasting      Group). I know so little about the internet, but that’s what a lot of friends do for work. Most of that stuff being produced for the internet is comedy, very much like Jackass kind of material, which is great but didn’t appeal to me.

“Chris started talking about wanting to do a drama, but his criteria was so different. A drama in five-minute episodes! It was one of those things, like a puzzle over the course of the lunch. It can’t be that complicated to figure out a story in five minutes, right? I couldn’t, and it frustrated the crap out of me. So I went home that night, still thinking about it, and it stayed with me for three days. I was falling asleep when I literally got this idea of a confessional.”

The Confession was shot over nine days in New York last month, right before Sutherland began rehearsals for Broadway’s That Championship Season, which also stars Jason Patric and Chris Noth. “In all fairness, it looks fantastic,” Sutherland said of the web series, which he is exec producing with Young, Joseph Gomes and Maura Mandt. “We shot it in the fifth-largest snow storm. It was pretty amazing.”

Much of the story plays out in action-packed flashbacks. “We called on a lot of favors,” Sutherland admitted. “A dollar is a dollar. It gets you what you get. There’s no way around that, so you’re phoning dear friends for favors.  None of us were paid what we normally get paid. Everybody found their own challenge in it, and that was the reason to do it. All of us believe very strongly that the internet is the future, the largest network in world, with the ability to reach a big audience.”

Young, who serves as the CEO of DBG, released this statement: “The Confession sets a precedent for what is possible in original webisodic content. Never before has something of this magnitude and motion picture quality come to the third screen. I’m thrilled to be working with such A-list talent and top-tier sponsors to finally capture and crystallize the seismic shift in how content of this caliber is released, distributed and enjoyed by an audience that will rival that of a hit television series.”

But fear not, Sutherland fans: The ex-Jack Bauer has not given up on primetime TV. “We have a couple ideas we are working on that we are very excited about. 24 was a lot of work, it certainly had its ups and downs. But for so many reasons, it was one of the great experiences of my life. I miss the daily grind of it, which I was surprised about because that’s the one thing you complain about all the time. Be careful what you ask for!”

And more good news about the 24 franchise: Sutherland says a big-screen version is still in the works and, in fact, he hopes to begin production within a year. Though Fox ultimately nixed a script by Billy Ray (State of Play), the movie remains “the little engine that could,” Sutherland tells EW. He acknowledged that 20th Century Fox has been working with director/producer Tony Scott (Man on Fire, The Good Wife) on the project. “Billy did a fantastic job and there are aspects of that story [that will remain],” the actor says. “I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

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  • Josh

    I bet the twist is he kills the preist… Or bigger twist the preist kills him…

    • Monty

      Yeah, once they say there’s a twist my mind lept to 3 things.

      1) priest is the last victim
      2) priest is a hitman and kills kiefer
      3) the priest is the person who ordered the hits

      • G

        As soon as I read the “twist” sentence, my mind immediately jumped to your number 1, but number 2 and 3 are also possible. God, TV is predictable.

      • Larry David

        The twist for sure is – this will suck so much balls. Wait, it’s not really a twist if it’s expected, right?

      • ahmadk19

        shut up, why are you tell me whats gonna happen. I could not help it. I had to read your comment

    • Harry

      Yeah. I hate when people say “there’s going to be a twsit!” cause you almost always figure it out immediately. It is, to me, a dumb thing to do.

      • joey f

        I agree 100%, and even if you don’t figure it out you still spend the entire time waiting to see what the twist is. A twist ending isn’t as fun if you know it’s coming

    • Carole

      I hope the twist is the priest is …Tony! Dun dun dun! And I hope it is available on more than Hulu.

  • Miss Talk

    “All of us believe very strongly that the internet is the future, the largest network in world, with the ability to reach a big audience.”
    ______________

    AMEN!

  • saad

    “his critically-beloved run on 24″

    Uh, you do realize that a lot of critics hated the fact that all Sutherland did WAS YELL ALL THE TIME AS JACK BAUER!!!! 8 seasons of a dude yelling at random people can get pretty tiresome.

    • Shotgun Samurai

      Nah I like the yelling.

    • CTU Chief

      Sorry you didn’t like Bauer. But Most all the fans of the show loved him. He was one of the best characters that has been on tv in a long time. And no..Jack didn’t shout all the time. Shows how little you watched the show.

    • tabata

      because your show was soooo much better! oh wait, you didn’have one, isn’it?

  • joblo

    24!! You can’t stop Jack Bauer. You can’t even hope to contain him.

    • harry

      LOL True!

      • CTU Chief

        Guns don’t kill terrorists…Jack Bauer does.

  • heej

    the twist is that the hitman is dead and is in limbo. In other words.. L O S T (cue whooshing sound)

  • kaydevo

    Why do these folks always have to inform us that “YOU WON”T BELIEVE THE TWIST!”?? By the time you see the thing, you’ve probably already figured it out. It takes away from the show/film to know there will a (not)surprise at the end. Sheeesh. Just stop it, people.

  • Rosella W

    It’s great to see a brilliant actor such as Kiefer Sutherland understand that an Internet series has potential. I’ll definitely watch this web show.

    • amyc

      I will watch, too. If I remember right, Kiefer was one of the first stars to go from movie acting to TV…now we see so many movie stars on TV shows. Maybe he’ll do the same thing for the internet. I can’t wait to see it!

  • Sheila

    When does it air?

    • JBM

      It says on the show’s facebook page that it’s coming in March!

  • diane

    I am beyond excited. sounds like a great concept and perfect for Kiefer.

  • Kermode

    5-7 minutes= for kids

  • Marsha Densmore

    What ever Kiefer does I’ll watch. It’s funny I know Kiefer doesn’t use the internet.Im happy for Kiefer. Be the first to star on the web. I see a new Award Show coming.Wising him the best.

  • grace

    Should be exciting! Kiefer is an amazing actor and I’m pretty sure this internet story is going to be a huge success! Go Kiefer! Continue with your magic!

  • grace v

    It can only be great with Kiefer in it!

  • Mary

    Sure! Kiefer can always make magic.

  • Lisa

    A possible ending twist.. Keifer is the reaper.. ?

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