24 might be heading to movie theaters, as Twentieth Century Fox has hired Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach, Shattered Glass) to write the script for the feature version. According to Variety, Ray pitched taking Jack Bauer to Europe, and his take met with enthusiasm with Fox execs and producers of the television series.
For a long time Kiefer Sutherland has talked about making a 24 feature film, as a year ago 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.”
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Now before you start getting nervous you’re watching the final season of 24 on Fox, the development of a 24 feature film is still in the very early stages, and a lot is going to be figured out in the coming months.
After all, while the ratings “are down versus last year by 10% in total viewers (11.9 million versus 13.3 million) and by 15% in adults 18-49 (3.9 versus 4.6). The drama remains Fox’s third-most watched show behind American Idol and House.” (via Variety) If they move the show to the big screen, they’ll lose a huge hit on the network.
But the show is extremely popular around the world and it has a built-in audience and brand awareness, which means making a feature film is low risk if done right.
While some may scoff at having to pay for a 24 adventure, I think a lot of people would love to finally see Jack Bauer on movie screens – especially if the movie is high concept and high action.
If I were a beating man, I think this is going to be the final season of 24 and rather than shut down the production offices, they’ll all transition into making the feature film. But that’s just a guess.
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