Fox Finally Developing Feature Film Version of TV Series '24'
by Ethan Anderton
February 8, 2010
For years there have been rumblings of a big screen adaptation of Fox's popular real-time action-thriller series 24 starring the gruff-voiced Kiefer Sutherland as unstoppable counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Now it seems to be official as Variety is reporting tonight that Fox's film and television divisions are finally coming together to make it happen with writer Billy Ray (State of Play, Breach) set to write the script that will take Jack Bauer to Europe. However official this deal is though, the fate of the television show (which is currently airing its eighth season now) will determine how soon the film will actually go into production.
No matter how eager Sutherland, who is also an executive producer of the series, is to bring the series to the big screen. Fox still has the option to pick up a ninth season of the series, and their decision is expected after this week's sweeps ratings are in. Additionally, even if Fox doesn't pick up a ninth season of the series (and it sounds like they won't) then the series might be shopped around to other networks. And if it gets picked up somewhere else, the movie will unfortunately have to be put on hold once again for a little while longer.
I have to admit that while I love me some Jack Bauer action, part of the allure of the series is the real-time, 24-hour story unfolding every week, whereas a feature film employing the real-time principal will only allow about two hours (three hours if they're daring) of action. While it's not entirely impossible to go real-time in two hours (Fox already did it with 24: Redemption, the made-for-TV feature length bridge between seasons six and seven), it doesn't exactly allow for the same story progression and endless twists and turns the series employs. And if the film isn't real-time, well then it just becomes another action thriller that just so happens to feature Jack Bauer. Anyway, stay tuned to see how soon this gets off the ground. Anyone 24 fans left?