The 24 Movie Is Possibly Taking Shape Again

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Could Jack Bauer finally, really, truly be coming to the big screen?  Maybe!  Talk of a 24 movie has been bubbling since deep into the Fox show’s run, as star Kiefer Sutherland and those involved behind the scenes have been keen on transporting Bauer’s ass-kicking and name-taking to movie theaters.  Movement began in earnest after the show’s series finale in 2010, but producer Brian Grazer and 20th Century Fox failed to get the film going after numerous drafts by screenwriters like Billy Ray and Mark Bomback, and even filing through directors such as Tony Scott and Antoine Fuqua.  It appeared that a movie wasn’t meant to be, and as Sutherland and Co. saw that it probably wasn’t going to happen, they resurrected Bauer in the form of a 12-episode limited series.

Fox’s 24: Live Another Day debuted this past May and garnered solid ratings for Bauer’s return, and now it appears that Imagine Entertainment has been spurred by the miniseries’ success to give the 24 movie another shot.  More after the jump.

24-movie-kiefer-sutherlandThe folks over at TV Line report that Imagine Entertainment is “kicking round” a new 24 movie idea, with Imagine Chairman Brian Grazer apparently high on the new pitch.  The story has yet to be taken to 20th Century Fox so it’s very early days, but Sutherland was more than game to reprise his role as Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day, so one imagines he’d jump at the chance to finally get the 24 movie going.

But given what happened during the previous development of the 24 movie, it may be best to not hold one’s breath as far as this new iteration of the film is concerned.  I enjoyed 24 when it was on the air, but found I didn’t have much interest in Live Another Day.  It wasn’t that the miniseries didn’t have the same creative spark as the show—it was actually almost exactly in line with the main series in regards to tone, execution, plot, etc.—it’s just that I’m not sure Jack Bauer is a relevant hero in this current era.  The character and show were very much born out of the post-9/11 world, but they feel a bit out of place nearly 15 years after the show first premiered.

Though maybe that’s just me.  What about you, dear readers?  Are you still interested in a 24 movie after all this time?  If so, who would you like to see direct it?  Sound off in the comments below.

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  • Drew

    Can’t they just let poor Jack die in peace? Every season, I watch the first six episodes or so that has the initial plot (because every season has two or three enemy plots) and then stop when things start getting ridiculous. So for the movie, should I just watch the first 45 minutes?

  • LockIce

    I don’t care even to read this article. I don’t know how many articles I read before the revival of the show about the possibility of a movie. Nah nah they ain’t gonna make a movie, it would fail horribly.

    • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

      well that’s too bad, because hidden in the article are several clues and secrets to eternal life!

      • LockIce

        I meant no disrespect to collider. I’ve grown tired of the shows discussion of renewal.

  • http://villings.tumblr.com/ [A]

    I’ll admit LIVE ANOTHER DAY was the first 24-related thing I’ve watched. I was mildly entertained.

    • Steven

      Watch the rest of the seasons man, some of the seasons are simply superb.

      I’ve yet to see LAD yet, still making my way through season 8 at the moment.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      If you were entertained by LIVE ANOTHER DAY without having seen previous seasons, then I would encourage you to start watching from the beginning. This was a good season, but it probably falls in the middle if I [and from what I've read most others] were to rank the seasons. If I were to rank the seasons from best to worst I would say 1 & 5 (tied for top spot), 2, 4, 3, 7 & 8 & LAD (tied), and in a DISTANT last is season 6 (I consider half of that season apocryphal at best).

      The seasons have very different casts season to season. Characters come, go, return, and are killed off like no show I’ve seen before. Jack is the only character in all of the seasons, and this season didn’t have the best cast by a long shot.

      Likewise, each season of 24 builds off of the events of the previous seasons. What happens in a season really matters and changes the characters and the world. The relationship Jack has to Chloe has 6 seasons of backstory [she's virtually unrecognizable from her debut in season 3 & it was not her at best]. There’s 3 seasons of backstory from the middle of the series surrounding Jack and Audrey and President Heller. As well as the final bad guy in the end. I guess for that matter, Jack’s life in the first season is unrecognizable when you look at this season.

  • Manuel Orozco

    If this does happen, my godmother is gonna be so happy

  • Steven

    A movie seems like such a restrictive option to pick. I think a 12 episode season is the best way to go.

    Could a movie work ? Sure. But it may become just another average action flick. The joy of the show (when it was at its best) was the tension between the Presidents making really tough decisions while Jack was busy doing what needed to be done regardless of what the law said.

  • jack

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Steven

    Dammit Collider.

    Stop getting us all excited again. :D

  • nelson

    This is very good news in my opinion. I want to see Jack Bauer on the big screen, just as long FOX doesn’t get cheap on the budget and hire the right director (Antoine Fuqua).

  • Adrian Masters

    this would be awesome if executed the right way and Live Another Day was surprisingly engaging and entertaining for me, but if not then cast Kiefer as Big Boss in a Metal Gear Solid movie :)

  • ʝoe βloggs

    I don’t want a 24 movie.
    I want another 12 eps of 24.
    please please please???
    I just can’t get enough!

  • One of Nine

    I enjoyed the latest season, while it had a lot of the same twists and turns it still was pretty good. I wouldn’t do a movie though, stick with television if anything.

  • Arthur Dent

    Come on, Fox/Imagine … just make a Jack Bauer/John McClane crossover movie happen. It is guaranteed BOX OFFICE GOLD.

    24 Hours to Die Hard

    You’re welcome.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      After “A Good Day to Die Hard,” I’m not sure that anyone trusts a movie with “Die Hard” in the title. That franchise can boast having both the best and most memorable action movie of all-time and the most generic and bland action movie all-time. It’s actually kind of impressive.

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    Was it just me or did anyone else feel conflicted by the 12 episode format? On the one hand, the previous 8 seasons showed that they usually needed filler to make a 24 episode season. On the other hand, the 2nd half of this season felt rushed and underdeveloped to me. The last 2 or 3 episodes and the epilogue (obviously) seemed rushed.

  • doctor_robot

    i really enjoyed live another day.

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