’24’ Heading to the big screen?

’24’ Heading to the big screen?

The TV series ‘24’ premiered in 2001 featuring Kiefer Sutherland in the role of agent Jack Bauer whom worked within the Counter Terrorist Unit. The series was somewhat unique in that each season comprised of 24 hours of Jack’s life, opting for a real time method of narration. The concept would no doubt remind some of the 1995 film ‘Nick of Time’ which starred Johnny Depp and used a similar story-telling technique.

‘24’ ran for eight seasons and was comprised of 192 episodes, with the final season airing during 2010. The show won a number of awards including golden globes and emmy awards for best drama series and outstanding drama series respectively.

It is now being reported that things are progressing toward a feature film version of the series which would see Sutherland return to the role of agent Bauer. In order to fit in with Sutherland’s schedule the project is being fast-tracked, currently planning to begin production in early 2012. If all proceeds smoothly depending on the post-production requirements of the film, we could see a release in early 2013.

No formal announcement on a director has been made, though it was previously rumored that Tony Scott was attached to the project. Mark Bomback who is attached as a writer to both ‘Total Recall’ and ‘The Wolverine’ is reportedly tweaking an existing script before the project moves along into filming.

Without many details to go by it seems uncertain whether this will actually proceed or not, but with such a short time frame being proposed we won’t have to wait long to find out.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.