Keifer Sutherland Still Talking About a 24 Movie; Will Star in Touch TV Pilot
02.23.11 by BJSprecher
Last month, series star Kiefer Sutherland announced that the planned 24 movie that he has been talking about since 2008 could go into production by "December or January," only to have a publicist for Fox almost immediately shoot down his statement as being "overly optimistic." It seems the entire project was sidelined when the script turned in by Breach writer-director Billy Ray was rejected by Fox. But, Sutherland is apparently as unfazed by adversity as Jack Bauer, his character on the long-running espionage-thriller TV show, because he's still talking about the 24 movie.
Sutherland recently appeared on two network TV programs in support of his new Broadway play That Championship Season, and each time the 24 movie came up as a topic of conversation. When asked by George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America (via ComingSoon) if the movie was still going to happen, Sutherland said simply, "Yes, there will be a 24 movie."
And, later that same day, Sutherland appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly and said that the show he starred in for eight seasons is "still a presence" in his life and teased a possible director for the movie.
We hopefully will start next January and I think Tony Scott is one of the directors that has expressed great interest in doing it and he would be fantastic, so I'm very excited about that.
While Sutherland's recent comments may simply be more of that "overly optimistic" talk that the Fox publicist accused him of, his fans will be happy to know that he will be returning to TV, if only for a limited engagement. According to Deadline, Sutherland has signed on to star in the pilot episode of Touch, a new TV series from the creator of Heroes, Tim Kring, about a father (Sutherland) and his mute, autistic son who has the ability to predict the future. The pilot will go into production in late May or early June and Deadline speculates that Touch could get an "episodic commitment" based on the addition of Sutherland to the cast.