Despite star Kiefer Sutherland’s hopes that the 24 movie would begin shooting next month, no amount of Jack Bauer beatdowns can get the seemingly cursed production off the ground, according to TheWrap. Production on the long-awaited big-screen version of the addictive TV show has been pushed back to 2013. UPDATE: Per a rep at Fox, the film has not been delayed to 2013. In fact, there is still no set date for filming to begin on this next installment, period. They are still working on scheduling and other logistics.
Sutherland recently said as much to Jay Leno, when he told The Tonight Show host that the script (written by 24 scribe Howard Gordon and The Hunger Games‘ Billy Ray) was all systems go and that scheduling had become the biggest stumbling block. Add budget negotiations and Sutherland’s reported salary demands to the mix, and you’ve got a non-starter.
Or do you?
Gordon told TV Guide that everyone involved was still working to bring Jack Bauer to the big screen. Gordon said that “as recently as a week or two ago… everyone was racing to get [the filming] to happen.” He said, “It was kind of a collective decision not to [move forward],” because the script “needed more work.”
Said Gordon, “There’s no point in doing the movie as an exercise or as a nostalgia piece. We wanted to make it something that can stand on its own.” But when will it stand, if at all? That remains to be seen.