Kiefer Sutherland: ”24′ film is still happening’

Actor speaks on US talk show about project

Kiefer Sutherland has confirmed that the thought-to-be-aborted 24 movie is still happening.

The TV-to-film adaptation had been thought by many to have fallen off 20th Century Fox‘s radar, with writer Billy Ray‘s script being rejected by the company at the start of the year.

Howard Gordon, executive producer of 24, then described the project as being in “suspended animation”.

But yesterday (February 22) morning Sutherland, who plays Counter Terrorist Unit operative Jack Bauer in the hit show, appeared on Live! With Regis & Kelly, asserting that “there is going to be a 24 movie”.

He added: “People come up to me and say they love the show. There will [be a movie]. We will hopefully start next January, and Tony Scott is one of the directors who has expressed great interest in doing it.”

Sutherland also said that he’s signed up to star in a new pilot for Fox, conceived by Heroes creator Tim Kring. Entitled Touch, the new show features a father who realises that his autistic son can predict events.