24 Movie Finally Moving Forward
12.06.11 by Ryan
After several stops and starts, the clock is finally ticking on 24: The Movie.
Earlier this year, Kiefer Sutherland assured fans that CTU Agent Jack Bauer would return in a movie version of the popular FOX TV show and that shooting would start "hopefully by next December or January"; even after 20th Century Fox rejected the 24 script written by Breach writer-director Billy Ray. A month later, after a Fox publicist called Sutherland's comments "overly optimistic", Sutherland continued his prognosticating ways, revealing that production would instead start "hopefully next January" and that director Tony Scott (Top Gun, Man on Fire) could direct. It looks like Fox is finally starting to move forward with a 24 movie, and, this time, the news doesn't come from Sutherland himself.
Deadline reports that Fox has hired screenwriter Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Unstoppable) to do some "last minute tweaking" to Ray's script; which should be turned in by year's end.
Should Fox accept Bomback's script and not reject it, production could start when Sutherland becomes available in April. Fox will have to choose a director as Scott is no longer attached, but the studio reportedly has "about five directors in mind". None of the potential directors were named. Expect more news in the early part of next year.