How does one yell “Drop it!” en Français? We soon may find out, now that Twentieth Century Fox has hired a screenwriter to bring ‘24‘ to the big screen.
Billy Ray, whose credits include ‘State of Play’ and ‘Flightplan,’ has been tapped to pen a ’24’ film script that sends Jack Bauer packing for Europe, Variety reports. Series star Kiefer Sutherland is high on the international-flavored concept and would be among the film’s producers.
“What excites me about the idea of doing the ’24’ film is that it would be a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day, so we would not be restricted by the time limits,” Sutherland told EW.com last month. “If we did a film, it would be very feasible to get from Eastern Europe to England in the course of a 24-hour period [using] planes, trains, automobiles, things that we’ve never been able to do before.”
The biggest obstacle facing a ’24’ film is, ironically-slash-fittingly, time. The Fox series still being in production prevents the necessary manpower from being available to service a big-screen effort.
Sources tell Variety that Fox is waiting to scrutinize this week’s ratings before making a decision on a Season 9 pick-up. But even if Fox does, as expected, “break up” with Jack, studio 20th Century Fox TV could ostensibly shop the action-drama to other networks.