Surprise! Keifer Sutherland's '24' Movie Has Been Delayed Yet Again

March 14, 2012
Source: Deadline


The film has been hyped up for years, and while Kiefer Sutherland was sure a feature film adaptation of 24 would get released in 2012, just last year producers were only looking to begin production this year. Well, the film got about as far as it has in development so far with Antoine Fuqua apparently attached to direct most recently with production beginning sometime this spring when Sutherland's new Fox series "Touch" goes on hiatus. Now Deadline has word that 20th Century Fox has decided not to move forward with the film this year. Rumors say it came down to budget, but the real reason may be less confrontational.

Apparently, both Fox and Kiefer Sutherland weren't convinced that they had enough time to complete production on the film before "Touch" needed to start shooting again for its second season, and neither of them wanted to rush. Either way, the film is ready to go, and it's just waiting for the official greenlight from the studio and another period of time when Sutherland doesn't have other obligations. Honestly, at this point 24 will have been out of the public eye for too long that I don't know that a film is going to be all that big of a deal. Plus, there's still the fact that it will lose the real-time concept that made the show so interesting to watch. I'd like to see it get off the ground, but at this point, I won't hold my breath, even if Jack Bauer could easily be the next John McClane on the big screen.

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  • Solo_Calrissian
    I was really looking forward to this.  Pipe dream, but i was hoping for 24 movie in the same vein as a Bourne flick but with the countdown added to it.    
  • BinaryChaos
    mehh, it'll be ten years before this movie gets out and it'll probably just be as disappointing as the kingdom of crystal skulls. What's going on with Dark Knight Rises is my question.
    • Tfish89
       Well, it comes out in July. So what's your question?
      • BinaryChaos
        My question is why all the silence? The Avengers is getting big play right now.
        • The premiere of The Avengers is in less than 2 months, the Dark Knight Rises' in 4... 24 forever.
        • I'm sure at least one more trailer is coming, but with no viral campaign, the film just isn't as active on the marketing front as The Dark Knight. Disappointing yes, but I'm sure we'll get plenty of The Dark Knight Rises in a month or two and then people will think it's too much.
    • Stevo the Magnificent
      It certainly WON'T be ten years before the '24' movie is made, it'll more than likely be shot next year... that is, if 20th Century Fox can spare a measly $45m to actually get it made!  It would have been filmed this year, had Fox not held it up by being tight with the budget and Kiefer's (deserved) salary, but the delay is probably a good thing as it'll give them more time to properly prep the movie for production next spring, plus if 'Touch' is not renewed for a third season, then the '24' movie team will have a clear schedule to shoot Jack Bauer's big-screen debut the way it should be done (and not jammed between seasons of a television series, the very reason they didn't make a '24' movie when the series was still on-air)... 
    • bltzie
      Dammit Chloe!
      • RFabry
  • Poojne
    This movie won't happen. Keefer's lunchtime bourbon-budget alone would sink it.
  • Gohikeone
    The Power of Bauer!  Would love to see this movie made...I agree with Ethan, easily could be blockbuster material in the vein of Die Hard.




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