24 Movie Isn't Dead, Says Kiefer Sutherland
Posted 01.21.11 by Ryan
Fox ended the long-running action/drama 24 in May after eight seasons, though avid fans knew that a movie version was soon to follow. That is, until Fox rejected the script from writer-director Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach).
But don't expect Jack Bauer to take this lying down. Extra (via Slashfilm) spoke to Kiefer Sutherland about the movie version, who said that 24 "won’t start shooting for about eight months" and seemed unsurprised that turning a successful TV show into a movie would have some challenges.
It’s a very difficult thing to take something that you’ve done for eight years, almost 200 episodes, and try and find a story that’s going to be unique and yet service the history of the show as well. That is to be expected. So we start shooting hopefully by next December or January.
Producer Howard Gordon had expressed disappointment with Fox's rejection of the script, but revealed that director Tony Scott was going to meet with Sutherland to "talk about ideas," but the report had no update involving Scott.
As for the script, Sutherland said that script changes will likely continue "up until the day we start shooting, and probably from that point forward, too." 24 fans have to be satisfied that Fox's script rejection hasn't meant the end of the movie for Sutherland.