Director Antoine Fuqua Says '24' Movie is Not Happening Anymore
by Ethan Anderton
March 12, 2013
If everyone listened to Jack Bauer, the show 24 would only last five minutes and a throat punch. And if everyone listened to Kiefer Sutherland, we'd have a film version of the hit action thriller series heading to the big screen sometime soon. But instead, the project is still dead in the water. Almost exactly a year ago to the day, the gestating 24 movie was delayed again in order to accommodate Sutherland's schedule for his recent Fox series "Touch," and some negotiating had to be done for the actor's salary. At the time, Antoine Fuqua was still attached to direct, but word from the filmmaker himself indicates that's no longer the case.
The Playlist spoke to Fuqua and it seems like he just couldn't wait around for Fox to get their heads on straight. The director says:
"Yeah, that’s not happening. I don’t think it’s gonna happen at all, definitely not with me, I met with Kiefer, Fox wanted to do it, it was a matter of his schedule before he went off to do his new show. I don’t think he was able to get a proper agreement with Fox. The time just passed, and I went off to go to what I was doing."
With three years and counting since the conclusion of the series after eight seasons, Jack Bauer is fading away from people's memories, and it doesn't seem to have the same rabid fanbase as something like "Arrested Development" to keep the iron hot. Perhaps this is for the best since the real appeal of 24 as a TV series was the real-time nature of a season lasting 24 hours in a single day. A film version would have a hard time using the real-time angle, and at that point, it would just be a regular action thriller featuring Jack Bauer. On the other hand, Bauer wouldn't be bad as the new franchise character in the same vein as John McClane in Die Hard. The problem is Sutherland lacks any comic relief with Bauer. Consider the 24 movie dead until more news becomes available. Anyone still waiting for this movie?