Kiefer Sutherland is relieved 24 has been cancelled - because he can't wait to begin filming the hit series' big screen adaptation.
Fox bosses announced last week (ends28Mar10) that the action show's current eighth season would be its last - but Sutherland insists he's happy about the news because he's looking forward to making a blockbuster.
And he's confident the show will work better in a two-hour film than in real-time format.
He tells Daily Variety, "I'm very excited about the idea (of a movie). I'm very excited about the opportunity, and singularly because it's a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day. So for the first time, it will be very feasible in this 24 hours to go from England to Russia, or from China to Japan, depending on where they choose to set it.
"Before on the TV show, the crisis had to come to us, because the best we could do was get across town. And the two times we ever put Jack Bauer in a plane, it just didn't work. So it alleviates a huge hurdle that real time writing presented for us."
And Sutherland, who plays federal agent Jack Bauer, admits a ninth season of the TV series would be a mistake.
He adds, "From a creative point, I think Howard (Gordon, executive producer) was feeling that as confident and as strong as he felt about season eight, he was feeling that it was going to be very hard to do (a season nine).
"He and I both felt that the opportunity of making a movie, and doing a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day - which would not be restricted by time - was something that was appealing to he and I both."
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