24 Movie Not Going Forward This Year; Script Apparently Sets Up Possible Trilogy

     March 14, 2012


Fans eager to see the 24 movie get going are gonna have to wait a bit longer. While all signs pointed to the feature film adaptation of the popular Fox TV series going into production this spring, Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox has decided not to go forward with the film this year. Apparently budget issues are to blame, and the studio wasn’t convinced everything could be worked out in time to shoot the movie before star Kiefer Sutherland has to report back for the second season of his new series Touch this fall (if it’s renewed). Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of a film trilogy.

kiefer-sutherland-24-movie-imageBilly Ray wrote the script for the film (with a polish by Mark Bomback) but Deadline notes that Ray had apparently constructed the script to play out in a three-picture arc (ie. 24: The Trilogy). This makes sense, given that the idea of fitting the real-time series into one two-hour movie was fairly daunting. The creatives involved certainly have experience with long-form storytelling, so a 24 movie trilogy isn’t a bad idea.

The studio was in the midst of honing in on a director, and they were apparently high on Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) just before the decision was made to hold off. The film could still go forward next year during Sutherland’s next hiatus (again, if Touch is picked up beyond this first season), but there’s no guarantee given that the film has yet to receive a green light. Though the quality of the series wavered throughout its run, I actually think the concept would make for an entertaining film experience. Jack Bauer is certainly an action hero in his own right, and I’m intrigued to see how the real-time experience could translate to the big screen.

Deadline notes that the film has one big factor in its favor: producer Brian Grazer. When American Gangster nearly fell apart, Grazer didn’t take “no” for an answer and put the pieces back together with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in the leads. He’s also been working steadfastly on the adaptation of The Dark Tower with director Ron Howard and scribe Akiva Goldsman. Though Universal passed on the ambitious undertaking, the trio didn’t give up and now Warner Bros. is looking to put the film on track for a 2013 production start.


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  • sense 11

    i wouldn’t watch one and i definitely wouldn’t watch three 24 movies

    • Who dat ninja

      Oh no! If sense11 isn’t going to see the movie, what chance does it have? Oh sense11….please reconsider!

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    • Roy

      sense11 would rather see the big screen version of The Jersey Shore…moron

  • ryan

    Damn it! Knew it was too good to be true. BTW its not gonna be in real time like the show was. Its gonna be a 2hr film with all the action taking place in the span of one day just like the Die Hard films.

  • Scott

    Screw this. Just make a Mass Effect movie and make Keifer star as Commander Shepard.

    Commander Shepard=Jack Bauer

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  • bagzi

    24 has same quality from start to finish which was great maybe just season 6 is bad

    • Northern Star

      DAMMIT! Whilst I’m disappointed the ’24′ movie will not be shot this year, I think it’s probably a good thing in the long term, it gives them plenty of time to prep for a summer 2013 production start (with an early 2014 release likely), mind you, that whole potential ’24′ movie trilogy idea has real potential, don’t know about Antoine Fuqua for director though, was hoping ’24′ series regular Jon Cassar would do it…

    • Northern Star

      DAMMIT (again), forgot to say that I thought Season 6 was NOWHERE near as bad as some people say, in fact, I think it is an unfairly maligned, an underrated, and a very strong season overall (despite some flaws), the very last scene of that season – the one between Jack Bauer and James Heller – is quite simply the best and most powerful scene in that entire show’s history…

  • Edward Lee

    Yeah, I’ve long thought the idea of a 24 movie was too good to be true. I know Kiefer’s fond of the character; I just can’t see it working at the same level it did on television.

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