Kiefer Sutherland Drops Details on 24 Film
While Kiefer Sutherland prepares for his new Fox series, "Touch", he will also finally be getting to filming that elusive "24" movie adaptation.
Last month, we reported that the movie based on the iconic Fox action series was finally coming out of development Hell, with a planned spring 2012 start for production.
Despite the good news, we were still a little skeptical about the forthcoming film. The writing process didn't exactly go smoothly, as Billy Ray brought his scrapped script count to two in a row. But following a Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die hard) re-write, it seems as if the people at Fox are finally ready to set the light to green.
While details are still a little scarce, Kiefer Sutherland himself offered some insight into the prospect at the Television Critics Association press tour. The actor confirmed that the script came in by the deadline, and that filming is projected to start at the end of April or in May. He also confirmed that the plot begins shortly after the conclusion of the show, which saw Jack Bauer on the run from pretty much everyone following his attempt to expose President Taylor's (Cherry Jones) misdeeds with President Logan (Gregory Itzin).
"I see it as a continuation. The script that we've got right now, which I'm very, very excited about, is relatively a direct continuation. It's within six months from the end of the last episode. We'll see where it goes from there."
The two biggest news bits, however are that the film will take place over a 24-hour period, and that everyone's favorite ill-mannered CTU analyst, Chloe O'Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) will figure into the cast.
It will be interesting to see how the show handled a 24-hour period during a 2-hour movie. It was previously reported that the second half of the movie would be presented in real-time, but whether that's viable was uncertain. Now, Sutherland has confirmed that the real-time idea has been scrapped. It is good to hear that the film will at least present itself loosely in the same way the show usually did.
The latter is significant because it does mean that there will be some semblance of continuity among the cast. Chloe was always Jack's most trusted friend, so it makes sense to bring her back to help Jack on his quests. Otherwise, the cast turned out to be pretty expendable over the course of the show, so it's unclear if anyone else will come back. Sutherland did say there would be a "new cast", but I could definitely see a few of Jack's former acquaintances fitting into the plot.
For instance, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) was never fully written off after his return from apparent death in season 7, and subsequent turn to the 24 dark side. He's presumed to be in prison, but I could see him fitting into a film setting for the show. Moreover, if the film takes place shortly after the events of Day 8, it's possible that President Taylor is still in office, despite the fact that she was disgraced. The finale also made a point to keep Jack's mortal enemy, President Logan, alive, so it might make sense for him to figure into the story as well.
But for me, the big question that still remains is where the film will be set. The going theory/rumor has always been that Jack Bauer would head to Europe to debunk an international threat, and being on the run from American authorities, that could definitely still be the case. But it would be odd to see Jack Bauer not saving America again. Considering they've brought Jack back from the dead, from captivity in China, and from exile in Africa, it wouldn't be a stretch to have him come back to the States once again.
The big question that remains is who will direct the film. Tony Scott is no longer attached to the product, but it's been said that several name-value directors are still in the fray.
In any case, we'll be right on top of all the details as they start to leak, as for better or for worse, the 24 movie is certain to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2013.