Jack Bauer can save the world, but who can save Jack Bauer? Kiefer Sutherland was set to reprise the character in a feature adaptation of Fox’s 24, but that’s over. The 24 movie is no more — for now.
20th Century Fox has pulled the plug on 24. The studio’s halted their plans for a big screen adaptation of the hit series that ran from 2001-2010. So what happened?
There were rumors that the studio and Sutherland couldn’t agree on his salary or the film’s budget.
Fox wanted to keep the cost within the $30 million range, while the producers (including Sutherland) were aiming for $45 million to $60 million.
According to E! Online, the studio released a statement regarding their decision to postpone the film confirming: “It’s due to timing. Budget, salaries, etc. [that] were never set.”
During pre-production, the film never nailed down a director, which is usually a top priority. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) was rumored to spearhead the movie, but a deal never materialized.
Prior to this announcement, Sutherland seemed genuinely excited about reviving Jack Bauer. He knew the film had a tough road ahead, but was eager to get started.
“We’re working as hard as we can [to make the movie happen]. We’re looking for directors right now and [we’re] trying to find the right person to make the film who isn’t working in that time frame. What makes it very difficult is that there’s a very small window between the end of Touch and when we start up again, and we’re trying to squeeze [the movie] into that.”
Touch is Sutherland’s latest TV series, which airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
With 24 delayed another year, will it ever make it to theaters? We hope so. Jack Bauer’s still got some fight in him.