I still don't agree with that, though. I expect most people who buy the new game will be buying it because they enjoyed at least one previous game, not because they love Kiefer Sutherland. I think sticking with Hayter would have been the economical choice.
Unless they are planning to make a movie that ties in closely with the game and have contracted Sutherland for it. But like you, I hope they don't make a movie of it. It's not needed and is almost guaranteed to be bad.