24 Movie Stalls Again, May Be at Impasse
03.14.12 by Ryan
Fans of the FOX TV show 24 have been anxiously awaiting a big-screen version of the popular series since it ended in May of 2010.
The project seemed doomed in January 2011 when 20th Century Fox rejected the movie script. However, progress really started moving forward in December when a screenwriter was hired to do some rewrites, leading Kiefer Sutherland to reveal this January that shooting would commence in April. Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn's Finest, Shooter) was in talks to direct.
However, it looks like shooting will not start this year after all. In fact, it's possible a 24 movie may not happen at all.
According to Deadline, the problem is scheduling. To accommodate Sutherland's schedule, filming would have to finish before he reports for Touch's second season (probably not enough time to do the movie right) or wait until filming on that was done.
The issue is also budgetary. THR says 24 was set for a $30 million budget, while Imagine Entertainment (which also produced the 24 TV show) was looking for a budget in the $50 to $60 million range. Fox apparently is hesitant to spend too much on a movie based on a TV show after its run — not surprising after 2008's The X-Files: I Want to Believe, which was released six years after the show ended, failed at the box office.
There's also an issue with Sutherland's compensation. Like Fuqua, he was due to earn $2 million for the movie plus backend profits. Apparently, Sutherland wanted $3 million. Failure to agree on both the movie's overall budget and the actor's compensation means the project will likely be shelved or never get off the ground.
Ironically, it seems like CTU Agent Jack Bauer would need less than 24 hours to interrogate both the studio and the movie's producers and get them to reach a conclusion. Without his help, it looks like 24 could become yet another movie lost in development hell.