Back in April of 2010, Kiefer Sutherland revealed that the script for the much-anticipated 24 movie had been written … a year later, in April of this year, we heard that the 24 movie was due for a 2012 release. Well … that ain’t happening. We got a bit of an update from Sutherland in May but there has been NO movement on the film … until now. Deadline is reporting that the script is being tweaked for completion by the end of this year and plans are ALMOST DEFINITELY in the works for filming to begin early next year. Could it be? Could the much ballyhooed 24 movie really be on the way at long last?
The clock has started on 24, the feature version of the Imagine Entertainment/Fox series. The project brings back Kiefer Sutherland’s tireless government operative Jack Bauer. Mark Bomback — a favorite writer at 20th Century Fox writing The Wolverine and Shadow Divers – is doing some last minute tweaking of Billy Ray’s script, and will turn it in by year’s end. Imagine and the studio have about five directors in mind — no, Tony Scott is not attached anymore — and it will all begin happening very quickly in the early part of next year. The goal is to get the film into production to match Sutherland’s availability, which begins in April. That should give producer Brian Grazer something to do after he completes producing the Academy Awards, and it is certainly good news for fans of the show who were beginning to fear the project wouldn’t happen.
Hot damn, it’s about time. I was starting to lose hope that the 24 movie would ever happen … but Deadline is rarely wrong about these sorts of things. I’d be willing to bet good money that this report will turn out to be true … baring any major upsets. With Kiefer Sutherland ready to roll in April, after Brian Grazer is finished with his Academy Award duties, the timing is PERFECT for the 24 movie to get off the ground. It’s unlikely that the film will be ready for release in 2012 … but I don’t think many people will mind waiting a bit longer to see Jack Bauer take life on the big screen.