James Heller was the Secretary of Defense under President John Keeler, and he retained the position when Charles Logan became President, under the 25th Amendment. A widower, Heller was the father of his former senior policy analyst, Audrey Raines. His son, Richard, was an activist who frequently participated in anti-government and anti-corporate protests, much to Heller's chagrin. During the events of Day 5, Heller learned of President Logan's involvement in a terrorist conspiracy . Heller planned to force Logan's resignation, but Logan turned the tables and asked for Heller's resignation. However, it is highly unlikely Heller submitted it, as Logan was arrested and Vice President Hal Gardner was sworn in as President. Before Day 6, Heller's daughter was reportedly killed in a car accident in China during her search for the missing Jack Bauer; Cheng Zhi later revealed that she was actually his hostage. Upon her rescue, Heller forbade Jack from ever seeing Audrey again, going so far as to file a restraining order against Jack on her behalf.
Filming of 24 the movie has been delayed, apparently due to budget concerns. The film is now set for release sometime in 2013 and may be the first in a possible trilogy. The largest point of contention for the production is the budget, which Fox wants capped at around $30 million, while producer Brian Grazer and Kiefer Sutherland believe the film will require a budget slightly above $40 million. Reports also state that Sutherland's salary was a major point of negotiation.