Disappointing news for fans of the FOX show “24.” Once set for a start date later this month, the film adaptation of the successful anti-terrorism action series won’t shoot this year. The show ran for eight seasons and starred Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, the most badass agent in the USA’s counterterrorism unit. Each episode played out in “real time” over the course of an hour, so a 24 episode season represented a single day. It was a really cool concept that lent itself well to cliffhanger endings and some spectacular action, but the movie version has been a bit tougher to crack. 20th Century Fox brought in Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, The Hunger Games) to write the script, and everyone is happy with it, but scheduling conflicts are keeping the project from moving forward. More details after the jump.
Sutherland has a brand new show on FOX called “Touch,” and was planning to shoot the 24 movie in the upcoming break between seasons. But Deadline says they would have had to rush the shoot, which was something Sutherland and mega-producer Brian Grazer didn’t want to do. So the movie hasn’t been killed completely, just indefinitely delayed. Bummer. Rumor has it budget concerns also played a role in the decision, as this was apparently the first in a planned trilogy of films, with the first potentially directed by Training Day helmer Antoine Fuqua. I guess this film’s fate is directly linked with the success or failure of “Touch,” since that’s seemingly the only thing standing in Sutherland’s way at this point.