Kiefer Sutherland has been expected to reprise his role of Jack Bauer in a movie version of the Fox action series since it came to an end in 2010.
And now that the clock has already started ticking again on signature real-time drama 24 as a limited series, 24: Live Another Day, the movie looks like it is gradually getting closer to development.
In the wake of Bauer's return to duty we are one step closer to uncovering yet more Kiefer-themed kick-assery as, according to TV Line there are new discussions going on inside Imagine Entertainment, based off a brand new pitch, which is being kept under wraps.
Despite this, however, Antoine Fuqua - who had been attached to helm the project - said last year that a 24 movie would not be happening. When asked about the status of the flick, Fuqua said:
Yeah, that's not happening. I don't think it's gonna happen at all, definitely not with me... I met with Kiefer [Sutherland], Fox wanted to do it, it was a matter of his schedule before he went off to do his new show [Touch]...
It was rumored that there were issues with the budget, and that Fox gave Sutherland a rather low offer to star in the big-screen continuation of the series. While Fuqua wouldn't exactly confirm those rumors, he believes a deal was never solidified between Sutherland and the studio...
All of which didn't sound particularly hopeful for the future of the project. Sutherland is still down to do the movie, though, as the last we heard from him on the matter was when we learnt this:
I want to make the 24 movie as long as I can run — and last week I figured out I still could. I had to chase someone for the first time in a very long time and when we finished the scene, one of the crew said with a wink: 'That felt pretty familiar didn't it? Kind of cool to watch you run again. I didn't know if you could any more.'
But with Sutherland and Fox at loggerheads over a potential contract and audiences getting further and further removed from the TV show, I have my doubts that we'll be seeing Jack Bauer on the big screen any time soon, if at all.
Do you think these plans for a new pitch can finally get the 24 movie off the ground?
What would YOU rather see?