’24′ Movie Hits Production Delay

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24 Movie Delayed 24 Movie Hits Production Delay

Since late 2011 we’ve been expecting the movie version of Fox’s hit TV series 24 to start production in spring 2012. Well, that no longer seems to be the case.

Deadline dropped the exclusive about the troubles with the 24 movie, stating that the late-spring start date projected for the movie (which has yet to be officially greenlit) has been scrapped by Fox. This timing was critical, as franchise star Kiefer Sutherland was positioning his work on the 24 movie to fit comfortably into the hiatus of his upcoming Fox TV series, Touch (be sure to read our review of that show).

Things of have gone down the proverbial slippery slope since then, as Deadline brings the update that Sutherland (who plays 24 secret agent Jack Bauer) was already less-than-pleased with a deal that would’ve seen him taking a low salary upfront, in exchange for larger backend payday. The studio also wanted prospective directors for the film (latest rumors pointing to Training Day‘s Anton Fuqua) to accept low upfront salaries. Word is that continued budgetary issues, as well as concern over Sutherland’s busy schedule with Touch, led to Fox ultimately passing on this particular window of opportunity.

A script for the 24 movie is done and at the ready; it was written by Billy Ray (State of Play) and polished by Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard). Weighing heavy in the film’s corner is the fact that power-producer Brian Grazer is backing it, which means that the 24 movie has a good chance of staying alive and on Fox’s radar, rather than slipping into the developmental limbo that claims so many other film projects.

Sutherland has yet to drop a statement about the 24 movie delay, but this story is developing. Presumably the next window of opportunity to make the film would be when Touch goes on hiatus again – meaning sometime in late fall or in spring 2013, presumably.

Might be smart to start knocking the 24 movie onto your 2014 movie slate.

Source: Deadline

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  1. How hard can it be? JACK: Ahh! Shoots bad guys! JACK: Where is it? Ahhh! Things go boom! JACK: Where is it? Bang! that character dies JACK: Ahhh! Chloe get me outta here!!! FADE TO BLACK Cash the check.

  2. Maybe Fox execs remember the cluster F that was X Files: Fight The Future…

    How many people actually want to see this movie so soon after the show was cancelled?

    • I think you mean ‘The X-Files: I Want To Believe’ released in 2008, six years after the series was cancelled, and long after anyone cared about Mulder and Scully anymore, whilst ‘…Fight The Future’ was released in 1998 between the fifth and sixth seasons when the show was at the zenith of it’s popularity, and did very well at the box-office, grossing $190m worldwide on a $66m budget.

      • Glad you did your homework !
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  3. Damn it!

    The rumours going round are that Sutherland is furious.

  4. Delay? The report I read yesterday said that FOX pulled the plug on the movie, as in “it’s not gonna happen”.

  5. I think it will happen, despite Fox’s ridiculous tightwad penny-pinching (the REAL reason it didn’t happen this year), all involved want it to be made. I actually think the delay could be a good thing, it’ll give them more time to fully prep the movie for filming next spring, resulting in a better movie overall, and if ‘Touch’ is cancelled after it’s second season, then the ’24′ movie team will have an open schedule to shoot Jack Bauer’s big-screen debut properly, instead of jamming it in between seasons of ‘Touch’…patience, people, patience, it will happen, just not this year…

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