According to director Jon Cassar (via his twitter feed), Fox has officially cancelled 24 and there will be no season 9. While the rumblings of 24 ending have been online for the last few months, we previously reported NBC had expressed interest in keeping Jack Bauer on the air. But that seems to be not happening.
But all is not lost for 24 fans, as back in February we reported Twentieth Century Fox had hired Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach, Shattered Glass) to write the script for a feature version of the show. The premise is Jack Bauer would go to Europe. And when I spoke to Kiefer Sutherland awhile back, he told me the movie “would lose the real time aspect, which would be a huge freedom for the writers.” He went on to say the film “would be a two hour representation of a twenty-four hour day.”
So what does this all mean? I think we’re going to get a press release in the near future that says 24 is moving to the big screen with production starting soon. But that’s just my guess.
UPDATE - Fox has sent out a press release. It’s after the jump:
If you’re a fan of 24, you should know that Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) doesn’t go down without a fight. Jack Bauer never says die, and apparently, neither do the people responsible for bringing him into your home every Monday night.
Last week, it was reported that Fox was leaning towards having the current season of 24 be its final season. With its “big screen worthy” production costs and its recent decline in ratings, executives over at Fox feel that it might be time to part ways with one of the television shows that put them back on the map in 2001. However, like countless terrorists from various countries have come to learn, Jack Bauer just cannot be stopped. Hit the jump to find out how Bauer might live to see another day and why I’ll follow him wherever he ends up:
Freddie Prinze Jr. is back baby. The legendary husband of the even-more legendary Sarah Michelle Gellar has snagged himself a plum role on the eighth (and final?) season of Fox’s “24″. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Prinze will play Davis Cole – the field ops leader at the newly reconstituted CTU. Cole wants to follow in Jack Bauer’s footsteps, which means he must suffer an untimely and highly emotional death. Someone should really introduce this Cole to a guy named Chase – the former CTU field agent who harbored a similar Bauer-worship until his hero sawed off his hand. Freedom ain’t free people.
Day eight of “24″ began filming this Wednesday with several other full-time and recurring cast members added, including Amil Kapoor as a Middle Eastern leader, Chris Diamantopoulos as the president’s new chief of staff and Jennifer Westfeldt as a journalist. Telling you these actor’s names is probably a fool’s errand, though. The shelf life for new “24″ cast members is about 18 hours max.