The big-screen adaptation of 24 has been postponed.
Kiefer Sutherland had previously insisted the movie version of the TV series - in which he plays government agent Jack Bauer - would begin shooting this year but his commitments to new show Touch and budget concerns have pushed filming back to 2013, according to Deadline.
"We're still working on a script, and hope to make (it) when Kiefer next has time. But this all came down to timing, and seven weeks is not enough time to prep a movie like this," a spokesperson from 20th Century Fox said.
The movie - set to be part of a trilogy - was originally scheduled to begin shooting this month with Kiefer coming on board in April during the hiatus for Touch, but executives are worried about the short period of time before the TV show stars filming season two and disagreements with filmmakers over the budget. It is thought that the studio Fox had planned a budget of $30 million, while the filmmakers wanted $45 million to $60 million to create the movie they envisaged.
The 24 movie will begin shooting in spring. 20th Century Fox have given the go-ahead to the big screen spin-off of the popular TV series - which came to an end after eight series earlier this year - with a proposed schedule hinged on when renowned writer Mark Bomback delivers a new version of Billy Ray's original screen play.
Mark is expected to submit his script early in the new year, meaning filming on the movie - which will see Kiefer Sutherland return to the role of Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer - can begin a few months later. According to Deadline.com, the studio currently has around five directors in mind to helm the project, which has been in the pipeline for several years.
Kiefer has previously spoken of his "excitement" about the film, which will see 24 change from its usual real-time format in order to cope with the limitations of cinema: "It is going to be a two-hour representation of a 24 hour day, so we were not going to be restrained by the real time aspect of the TV show. With the TV show we always had to have the crisis come to us because we couldn't move. Twice we put Jack on a plane and it was a disaster. This will be different - it will be very feasible to get from Eastern Europe to England in the course of 24 hours! And the crisis can be more personal - it doesn't have to be a huge bomb, it doesn't have to take out the rest of the world. It's very exciting."
Now that 24 has officially been canceled by FOX (and there are no plans to resurrect the series on NBC), production on a big screen version can now go full steam ahead.
In a recent interview with Variety, star Kiefer Sutherland gave us a hint as to what we should expect for Jack Bauer and company in the next chapter:
Billy Ray is in the process of writing it right now. I’m very excited about the idea. He’s a fantastic writer. I know he’s been working with Howard recently. I’m very excited about the opportunity, and singularly because it’s a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day. So for the first time, it will be very feasible in this 24 hours to go from England to Russia, or from China to Japan, depending on where they choose to set it. Before on the TV show, the crisis had to come to us, because the best we could do was get across town. And the two times we ever put Jack Bauer in a plane, it just didn’t work. So it alleviates a huge hurdle that real time writing presented for us.
No target date for the 24 movie has yet been announced.
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Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this Tuesday:
- 2010: The Year We Make Contact: Blu-ray
- Above the Law: Blu-ray
- American History X: Blu-ray
- Bedtime Stories: DVD, Blu-ray
- Collateral Damage: Blu-ray
- The Day the Earth Stood Still: DVD, Blu-ray
- Donkey Punch: DVD
- Doubt: DVD, Blu-ray
- Final Destination: Blu-ray
- Fly Away Home: Blu-ray
- I.O.U.S.A.: DVD
- John Q: Blu-ray
- Not Easily Broken: DVD, Blu-ray
- Point of No Return: Blu-ray
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Although it was widely believed that (hunky) Jason Statham would emerge as this weekend’s winner, Tropic Thunder somehow managed to hold its ground. The comedy, which only raked in $16.2 million during this outing, became the third movie this year to make a repeat appearance at #1. (The other two films were those giant blockbusters called Iron Man and The Dark Knight.)
Overall, this was an unimpressive weekend for films. Theatergoers probably confused (like me) by Joan Allen’s participation only poured $12.6 million of their dollars into Death Race. Meanwhile, The House Bunny became this week’s highest-grossing chick alternative (Sorry, Sisterhood!) with its $14.5 million gross.
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Despite a somewhat disappointing opening last Wednesday ($6.5 million), Tropic Thunder actually managed to surpass the four-time box office winner. The comedy grossed $25.8 million over the past three days, nearly $10 million more than its caped competitor.
And while Ben Stiller should be happy by his movie’s accomplishment, the Dreamworks/Paramount film still left a lot to be desired. Recent comedies such as Get Smart ($38.6 million) and Step Brothers ($30.9 million) debuted to better numbers. But then those two films didn’t have a distraction like Michael Phelps to contend with.
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Once again, theatergoers will have new options to choose from this Wednesday:
- Mirrors (R): starring Kiefer Sutherland, Amy Smart, Paula Patton (directed by Alex Aja)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (PG): starring Christopher Lee, Anthony Daniels, Matthew Wood (directed by Dave Filoni)
- Tropic Thunder (R): starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. (directed by Ben Stiller)
- Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer* (NR): starring Amy Albany, Buddy Bregman, Charles Britton (directed by Robbie Cavolina, Ian McCrudden)
- Bachna Ae Haseeno* (NR): starring Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone (directed by Siddharth Raj Anand)
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