The story of the film adaptation of the 24 television series has been as convoluted as a season of the series itself. Star Kiefer Sutherland said filming would begin in 2011, 20th Century Fox then shot down the script but Sutherland promised the film was still coming, then the actor promised the film would happen in 2012, and then the film became delayed before a 24 trilogy was promised. And now, director Antoine Fuqua, who was set to direct the film, has come out and said the project is finally dead.
The director, who is currently doing the rounds for his latest flick, Olympus Has Fallen (you know, one of the two Die Hard rip-offs set in the White House that are coming out this year), was recently interviewed and asked about the status of the 24 film, which would follow the continuing adventures of Counter Terrorism Unit super-agent Jack Bauer. His response was fairly blunt, stating, “Yeah, that’s not happening.”
“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.”
As /Film notes, rumors abound that Sutherland was displeased with the salary offer made by Fox, as well as being busy with Touch. Further, 24’s time as a pop culture darling has passed, and even Sutherland’s passion for the project seems to be waning. Sadly, 24 fans, you might just have to stick with rewatching your 24 series DVDs from here on out.
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