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:
In an interview with THR, Angela Bromstad, President of Primetime Entertainment at NBC, feigned interest in 24 but then ultimately revealed that a move from Fox to NBC was highly unlikely:
“I think it would be expensive for us. It’s been floated. It’s all going to come down to how strong our development is. I wouldn’t rule it out. I wouldn’t think it’s likely, but I wouldn’t rule it out.”
A decision on the fate of the series could seriously alter the direction of the current season, so Fox is hoping to make a move sooner rather than later. In other words, Fox is considering the move and NBC is up for the discussion, but unless Fox can cut them a pretty significant deal, the next time we see Jack Bauer and his man purse might be on the big screen.
There has been speculation of a big screen adaptation of 24 for years now. With the potential conclusion of the series, now might be the best time to follow through on the idea. Recent hit television shows with devoted fan bases, such as Sex in the City and The Simpsons, have seen serious success at the box office. Kiefer Sutherland has always brandished interest in taking 24 to the big screen. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in January, Sutherland claimed that he would love to do a movie. Even if the television series were still very much alive:
“In a media world that is changing unbelievably fast, a television series can either act as a great trailer for a film, or a film can act as a great trailer for a television series. And I think the first person who actually does that is going to change the way television interacts with feature films.”
I have been a devoted follower of Jack Bauer for the entire run of 24. I have experienced more “on the edge of your seat” seasons than disenchanting seasons. I have sat through incredibly mediocre acting performances by guest stars, like Janeane Garofalo and Freddie Prinze, Jr., all for my love of the show. One thing about 24 is that the action, stories, and Kiefer Sutherland’s portrayal of Jack Bauer have always been intriguing. Whatever Bauer’s next move is, I’ve already come this far with him. I think it’s fair to say I’m still along for the ride.