’24’ movie is not going to happen, says director

Kiefer Sutherland was keen to return, but director Antoine Fuqua says the time has now passed

The long-promised 24 movie is now “not happening”, says the director who was attached to the project.

A big screen version of the popular TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland has been in the works since 2010, when the show’s eight-season run on US network Fox came to an end. Sutherland was keen to reprise his role as Jack Bauer, with Training Day‘s Antoine Fuqua on board as director.

This time last year (March 2012), Sutherland said he was “still hopeful” the film would go ahead – even though he now stars in another TV show called Touch

However, Fuqua has now confirmed the project is all but dead. When asked about the 24 movie by The Playlist, the director said: “Yeah, that’s not happening. I don’t think it’s gonna happen at all, definitely not with me.”

Explaining how the project fell apart, Fuqua added: “I met with Kiefer, Fox wanted to do it, it was a matter of his schedule before he went off to do his new show. [But] 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.”

Sutherland starred in 192 episodes of 24 between 2001 and 2010. The show was known for its innovative method of “real-time storytelling”, with each 24-episode season covering 24 hours in the life of Sutherland’s character Jack Bauer.