The end of 24's on Fox doesn't mean fans have seen the last of Jack Bauer.
In the series' cancellation announcement, star Kiefer Sutherland sounded confident about a potential 24 movie. "Looking ahead to the future, Howard Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of 24," he said.
Fox cancels 24
The series, now in its eighth season, just received its pink slip Friday, but a big-screen version has been in the works since February. Screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play, Shattered Glass) was tapped to helm the project, which would take Jack Bauer to Europe, according to Variety. Many of the show's current executive producers including Sutherland, as well as Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment, would be involved in the feature film adaptation.
Gordon, the show's executive producer, told The Hollywood Reporter the movie would focus more on Jack Bauer than the CTU offices. "The opportunity is not to use the real-time aspect and also to do it on a scale the TV show never allowed," he said.
Gordon said the script is still in a work in progress and a film could hit theaters as early as next year. "It depends on how well it comes out and Fox's appetite," Gordon said. "Most importantly it's about ending the show right and doing it with the same level of intensity and commitment that we started with."
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