4 items from 2011
It's almost a year since reports of script problems seemed to place Jack Bauer's big screen outing in jeopardy. Despite some optimistic words from Kiefer Sutherland, little has been heard since, but it now appears that the countdown has properly begun on the 24 movie, which is finally pencilled in to shoot early next year.It seems like the 24 film has been in development forever. There was talk of it during the TV series' heyday, before Sutherland said it was on hold because all involved were too preoccupied with the episodic version. Then there were rumblings of a movie that would constitute a wrapping-up of the series, until season 8 did that by itself. And since then it's been 'on' and 'off' again several times.The biggest move forward came with a pitch and a screenplay from the much-lauded Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, Flightplan, State Of Play), but his take that was »
The news only gets better for fans who are anxiously awaiting the return of Jack Bauer: Uber-producer Brian Grazer recently tweeted that he’s on board for long-gestating 24 movie. “Got off the phone Keifer yesterday and we are very excited about producing the 24 movie for next year,” he tweeted. Grazer’s involvement makes sense since Imagine Entertainment, the company he co-owns with Ron Howard, produced the long running action drama for Fox.
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- Lynette Rice
Kiefer Sutherland is clocking back in to primetime. The 24 star has closed a deal to star in the Fox drama pilot Touch, from Heroes creator Tim Kring. The project centers on a father (Sutherland) who discovers that his autistic, mute son can predict events before they happen.
Because of Sutherland’s duties on Broadway, where he currently stars in a revival of Jason Miller’s That Championship Season, Touch will start production in late May-early June after he fulfills his commitment to the play.
- Nellie Andreeva
Jack Bauer has never stayed dead for very long. It looked like the “24″ movie was destined to wallow in development hell after the script by Billy Ray (“Breach”) was rejected by 20th Century Fox late last year. Producer Howard Gordon, who is no longer attached to the project, said Ray’s script wasn’t “strong enough or compelling enough.” And a Jack Bauer adventure definitely needs to be “strong” and “compelling.”
However, star Kiefer Sutherland is optimistic that the challenge of finding the right script will be met and conquered. And soon.
“It’s a very difficult thing to take something that you’ve done for eight years and almost 200 episodes, and try and find a story that’s going to be unique and yet also service the history of the show,” Sutherland tells Extra. “That’s to be expected.”
Regardless of script issues, Sutherland expects the film to go »
- Bryan Enk
4 items from 2011
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