Bad news 24 fans … it looks like we’re gonna hafta wait a bit longer for the big screen adaptation of 24 to hit movie theaters because Fox has rejected the script for the film and it’s back to the drawing board. Good news for Kiefer Sutherland fans, tho. According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, Kiefer will be starring in his very own web series called The Confession that is set to debut in March on Hulu.
Kiefer Sutherland, internet star? That’s the plan: EW has learned exclusively that Sutherland will follow up his critically-beloved run on 24 with a web series that’ll bow on Hulu this March. Dubbed The Confession, the 10, five-to-seven-minute webisodes will feature Sutherland as a hitman who has a theological discussion with a priest (John Hurt of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) about why his victims deserved to die. The series, which was written and directed by Brad Mirman, ends with one helluva twist. Digital Broadcasting Group is producing the series. “It came about in such a different way,” Sutherland told EW exclusively … “Chris started talking about wanting to do a drama, but his criteria was so different. A drama in 5-minute episodes! It was one of those things like a puzzle over the course of the lunch. It can’t be that complicated to figure out a story in 5 minutes, right? I couldn’t and it frustrated the crap out of me. So I went home that night, still thinking about it, and it stayed with me for three days. I was falling asleep when I literally got this idea of a confessional.” The Confession was shot over nine days in New York last month … “In all fairness it looks fantastic,” Sutherland said of the web series, which he is exec producing with Young, Joseph Gomes and Maura Mandt. ”We shot it in the fifth-largest snow storm. It was pretty amazing.”
Yay … this sounds like a fun little project … and a great way to get a Kiefer fix. Head over to EW‘s site HERE to read more about The Confession. Additionally, Kiefer swears that altho the 24 movie script got rejected, plans are still in the works to make the movie:
Sutherland says a big-screen version is still in the works and, in fact, he hopes to begin production within a year. Though Fox ultimately nixed a script by Billy Ray (State of Play), the movie remains “the little engine that could,” Sutherland told EW. He acknowledged that 20th Century Fox has been working with director/producer Tony Scott (Man on Fire, The Good Wife) on the project. ”Billy did a fantastic job and there are aspects of that story [that will remain],” the actor says. “I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Great news all around. While I am STILL heartbroken that 24 had to end its TV run last year, I’m hopeful that these projects will fill the Kiefer void left in my heart … at least a wee bit. Exciting news, yeah?