’24’ film on hold after script rejection

Script for film version of Kiefer Sutherland show knocked back

The script for the film version of TV show 24 has reportedly been rejected by 20th Century Fox.

The eighth and final season of the show finished in May 2010, with the plot seeing Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, on the run from both the US and Russian governments.

The ending to the series was deliberately kept open as producers planned to make a feature film to conclude the agent’s story.

The Metro newspaper reports that screenwriter Billy Ray, who previously wrote 2009 political thriller State of Play, was hired to produce a storyline for the film, but 20th Century Fox turned his script down.

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

Gordon said: “I was disappointed [Fox] passed on the script but I’m certainly hopeful that the movie will get made at some point. There is talk about re-approaching it. I understand [director/producer] Tony Scott is meeting with Kiefer to talk about ideas.”

Sutherland has previously described Bauer as “the role of a lifetime”. He is believed to be desperate for the 24 movie to be made.