Clock runs out on film version of 24

Production postponed after 20th Century Fox and the film’s producers couldn’t agree on a budget and Kiefer Sutherland didn’t have enough time

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24.

Sorry, just busy with something … Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24

The long-gestating big-screen version of the hit TV series 24 has been put on hold, according to Deadline.

The production had been scheduled to begin in a few weeks’ time, when Kiefer Sutherland had a break in the filming of his current TV show, Touch. But budget concerns appear to have led 20th Century Fox to postpone.

According to Deadline, producers wanted to make the film for between $45m and $60m, while Fox’s planned budget was a more cautious $30m. The studio’s previous experience on another TV-related feature, The X Files, prompted its position. Sutherland’s limited window of opportunity to make the film meant that, in the absence of an agreement, time was too short to fully prepare.

Sutherland was set to reprise his role as FBI agent Jack Bauer, with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) on board as director, and a script from State of Play writer Billy Ray. The likelihood was that 24’s celebrated “real time” narrative device would be abandoned for a feature, after Sutherland told Entertainment Weekly in 2010: “In a two-hour (movie) representation of the 24 world … you are not required to go scene-by-scene in real time. That’s something I can say I am very excited about.”

Deadline also suggests the script has set up 24: The Movie as a possible trilogy.


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