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Mar 12, 2013

24 Movie: Antoine Fuqua, Kiefer Sutherland Adaptation “Not Happening”

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24 Movie stalled. The 24 theatrical adaptation of the popular Fox TV show starring Kiefer Sutherland is apparently not happening right now, not with Antoine Fuqua as the director at any rate. It seems the film has been so long in development that it has lost the director that had been attached to it.

Asked of the 24 movie recently, Antoine 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]. […] I don’t think he was able to get a proper agreement with Fox. The time just passed, and I went off to go to what I was doing.

On 24:

24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer. Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method of narration. Premiering on November 6, 2001, the show spanned 192 episodes over eight seasons, with the series finale broadcast on May 24, 2010. In addition, the television film 24: Redemption was broadcast between seasons six and seven, while a feature film of the same name is also planned, with filming scheduled to begin in summer 2013.

Bauer is the only character to have appeared in every episode of the series. The series begins with his working for the Los Angeles–based Counter Terrorist Unit, in which he is a highly-proficient agent with an “ends justify the means” approach, regardless of the perceived morality of some of his actions. Throughout the series most of the main plot elements unfold like a political thriller. A typical plot has Bauer racing against the clock as he attempts to thwart multiple terrorist plots, including presidential assassination attempts, nuclear, biological and chemical threats, cyber attacks, as well as conspiracies which deal with government and corporate corruption.

On the development of 24 in 2013:

the shoot had been delayed due to budgeting and scheduling issues. More specifically, Sutherland was tied up with Touch, and unhappy with Fox’s salary offer on top of that. Fuqua’s comments indicate that those rumors were right on target. At the time, the hope was that 24 could still come together to shoot by spring 2013 or so. Now that we’re actually in spring 2013, it’s obvious that timeline was too optimistic.

I watched every episode of 24. The last three seasons of the show sucked, each one weaker than the last. The further out from the series finale the film adaptation gets, the less likely the adaptation becomes. I for one would rather let 24 rest in peace. How about you?

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Source: Wikipedia, Slashfilm