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Looks like the countdown to the 24 feature film has come to a pause for now. In an interview with TV Squad about his first novel and various new television projects, producer Howard Gordon gave some insight on the status of the big-screen follow-up to the Fox television series starring Kiefer Sutherland.
“The 24 movie is on hold for now, although conversations are ongoing,” Gordon said. “Beyond that, there is no news — at least as far as I know.
“The challenge is just not making it a movie for the sake of making a movie version of 24, but really having a compelling story … simply making it good, frankly,” he added. “I know that sounds non-specific. But nobody’s interested just to do it as an exercise. If it’s going to be out there, it has to be out there for a good reason.”
The news comes as the latest in the long line of rumors and teases since the show’s conclusion last year. Gordon said he agrees that while the television life of Jack Bauer has run its course, the character has some big-screen life left in him. While certainly discouraging, this tidbit doesn’t necessarily kill the chances of the film. It certainly seems Gordon wants to give it a go, and we know that Sutherland definitely seems optimistic about the possibility. Hopefully, it may just be a small delay before that 24 clock starts ticking again.