Twentieth Century Fox Rejects 24 Movie Script
01.03.11 by Ryan
The eighth and final season of Fox's 24 ended in May, but with plans in place to bring the popular series to the big screen. Months before the series finale, star Kiefer Sutherland told Entertainment Weekly about how the final season would set the table for a movie adaptation which would provide a "definitive end" for the character of CTU agent Jack Bauer, and would squeeze the show's real-time format into two hours.
We wanted to create a definitive end for Jack Bauer. Since we do have the intention to make the feature film, it would lead into that and certainly set that up. Something we’ve dealt with in the series is how the crisis always has to come to us because we don’t have time to move anywhere in a real time world. In a two-hour (movie) representation of the 24 world, planes, trains, and automobiles all of a sudden become a factor because you are not required to go scene by scene in real time. That’s something I can say I am very excited about.
Writer/director Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach) was tasked with adapting the show into a movie, but after delivering his draft to Twentieth Century Fox, the studio passed, leaving the project on hold.
"As far as I know, it is in suspended animation," 24 producer Howard Gordon recently told EW. Howard admitted he was "disappointed" in Fox's rejection of the script, but is "hopeful" the project will move forward.
There is talk about re-approaching it. I understand (director/producer) Tony Scott is meeting with Kiefer to talk about ideas. People are still talking about it.
Howard also noted that 24 still has a large fan base. "Anecdotally, I’ve heard from people who are really missing the show and I do think there is more life in Jack Bauer," said Howard.
How much life remains to be seen.