It looks like Jack Bauer's problems are about to get a lot bigger literally. Discussions are underway to bring Fox's serial thriller to a multiplex near you, but the clock is ticking. "It's something we really need to decide, or, I should say, [20th Century Fox] needs to decide within a month or so," says 24 executive producer Howard Gordon, "[because] we'd like to shoot it sooner than later."

Why the rush? According to Gordon, the plan would be to unspool the film in theaters prior to the start of Season 6, which means production would need to begin immediately after Season 5 wraps this spring. "I wouldn't put stock in anything just yet," Gordon hedges, "but I think there will be news in short order." Like, say, within 24 hours? (Sorry. Couldn't resist.)