Fox Turns Down ’24′ Movie Script

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If you were sad to see Fox’s landmark action series 24 end last year after nine years on the air, you can rest assured that we haven’t seen the last of Jack Bauer. Not only can you enjoy the show’s eight seasons on DVD/Blu-ray, there’s also a 24 movie on the way.

As many of those involved with 24 have previously said (particularly Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland), the series being over now clears the way for a 24 movie as the insane shooting schedules for the show made a simultaneous movie release pretty much impossible.

There has been talk of a 24 movie for literally years now and in February 2009 State of Play screenwriter Billy Ray was hired to write the script. Last April, Sutherland confirmed that the 24 movie was finally on the way, with Ray’s script already finished. As it turns out, things haven’t gone as smoothly as hoped; Fox has reportedly turned down Ray’s 24 script.

Show producer Howard Gordon recently spoke exclusively to EW where he told them the news that the movie version is stuck in place for the time being:

“As far as I know, it is in suspended animation… There is talk about re-approaching it. I understand (director/producer) Tony Scott is meeting with Kiefer to talk about ideas. People are still talking about it.”

“I was disappointed [Fox] passed on the script but I’m certainly hopeful that the movie will get made at some point… Anecdotally, I’ve heard from people who are really missing the show and I do think there is more life in Jack Bauer.”

I definitely think the latter is true: there is more life left in Jack Bauer. Yes, he may have had eight day-long marathons of trying to stop terrorists but as they say you can’t keep a good anti-terrorist agent down (they do say that, right?). Bauer is one of the best TV characters of all time and with the type of action/thriller series that 24 was, I think it was pretty much inevitable we’d get a big-screen version sooner or later.

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While the 24 movie remains in need of a greenlit script, the plan appears to remain the same – to get rid of the real-time featured in the series. At best guess, instead of having the minute-by-minute structure the film will just be one two-hour movie that takes place over the course of a day.

Now that may sound like it’s taking away the whole point of 24 (one of the reasons it was so damn addictive and engaging as a show) but if you think about it, it means that Jack can go to other countries without us having to watching him traveling in real-time. As Sutherland has previously said, this allows Jack to travel to the catastrophe instead of the catastrophe always coming to his doorstep.

So it looks like it’s going to be later rather than soon for the 24 movie to finally come to fruition. But hey, we’ve waited this long – we can wait a little longer, right?

Stay tuned for news on another draft of the script or perhaps even a new screenwriter altogether.

Source: EW

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  1. The way the series has gone over the years…. I dont thin 24 fans even care anymore….

  2. I really hope that they get a “24″ movie released sooner rather that later. Jack Bauer is one of my favorite TV characters and I think that he’d be perfect for a franchise, similar to the Bourne movies.


  3. I could go for a 24 film, as long as the scripts good and its not in 3D.


  5. Odd. Billy Ray is a smart fellow and a solid screenwriter. I wonder if there’s something else at play here, or maybe the story was too cerebral for commercial considerations.

    The whole TV show to movie bandwagon can be frustrating – did we really need an “A-Team” movie? – but “24″ is a natural for the big screen.

  6. 24 used to be one of my favorite shows (its so incredibly intense) but it honestly has sorta worn on my thru the years… I grew tired of watching jack race countless times against the clock to defuse a WMD or stop a terrorist or whatever… The show was almost too fast paced. They needed to slow it down sometimes and breath some life into the characters. I know kiefer isn’t the most dynamic actor but he can definitely show emotion and they touched on that a few times in the series like with his wife and daughter but it was veryy little. I’m all for a 24 movie but passing on a sub par script to me is a smart choice… this script has to be absolutely outstanding for it to be made into a movie. just my 2 cents :)

    • Fenix,

      Same here. It started to slide after about… season 6? (I lose track).

      I wasn’t a fan of this last season at all.


  7. When I first saw Taken I thought it would of been an awesome premise for a 24 movie. Just swap out Liam neesan & Maggie graces characters for jack & Kim Bauer and you’re good to go. Plus the plot had the whole time sensitive aspect to it which would of tied in pretty well with the whole 24 concept

  8. By the time that movie is made the general public isnt going to remember Jack is on the run for planning to kill the Soviet President,
    They should just scrap all that.

    • @ Gary S: Yeah, thank you for the spoiler warning.

  9. @Garythebra, that senario would be considered a lift on 24, season 1.

    The action was intense in Taken, and I think that was actually inspired by 24, not the other way around,,,

  10. Tony Scott directing the 24 movie is a bad idea in my opinion. His MTV stylized way of filming, which is overdone, would not be a good fit for the movie. Antoine Fuqua is a better choice to direct the movie. He can bring the gritty realism and action that 24 needs, and not over the top action scenes and eye candy that you get with a Tony Scott movie. Maybe have Stephen Gaghan(Syriana)or Jeffrey Nachmanoff(Traitor) to help write the script.

  11. @Old School. ince thsis was a post for 24 fans I figured most people had seen the finale at this point .
    It was MONTHS ago
    I figured the ending was out there by now.
    Sorry about that.

    • Lol it’s ok pal. I always grab the Blu Ray nowa days, don’t watch it on TV.

  12. 24 is still BY FAR my favorite show. I watch the seasons over and over again to this day! Fox made HUGE mistake #1 by taking it off of the air. They should really get it together and realise what they did to themselves and try to make things better by at least making THE MOVIE 24!!!!!!!