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‘24’ Movie Hits Another Roadblock; 2012 Shoot Unlikely

Written by on March 14, 2012 

One step forward, three steps back. Such is the development cycle of the 24 movie, a project that’s been kicked around for the past two years, to what always feels like the same result: Kiefer Sutherland saying “We’ll get to it soon.”

The days of that little bon mot’s usefulness may be over, though, as Deadline reports that Fox won’t be pursuing the project this year, thanks to (no surprise here) budgetary concerns and Sutherland‘s own schedule. The latter can almost expressly be blamed on his current TV show, Touch; because of that commitment, the studio “wasn’t convinced it had enough time to complete the film before Sutherland has to go back to work.” For the actor and the studio, rushing was not a viable option. (The hint that an entire trilogy was being envisioned doesn’t help timing matters, either.)

This, in spite of discussions that were circling around Antoine Fuqua to direct and, on top of that, a completed script from Billy Ray (with Mark Bomback‘s own fingerprints, sadly). Jack Bauer diehards must be frustrated to get so close — a start for March or April was planned when the greenlight eventually came in — but this jaded, former viewer of the series doesn’t mind letting go. Move on, let Sutherland do his own thing, and just enjoy the eight seasons laced with 267 deaths.

Are you disappointed about the constant lack of motion on 24? Do you ever see it happening?

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