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Kiefer Sutherland remains determined to bring 24 to big screen

24: Day 8

Story by Jack Foley

KIEFER Sutherland remains committed to bring 24 to the big screen even though he has now admitted that filming on the movie could well be delayed until 2013.

Reports earlier in the week suggested that the future of the whole enterprise was in doubt fter 20th Century Fox apparently shelved plans to shoot in 2012.

The distributor is concerned that Sutherland won’t have time to reprise his role as Jack Bauer during the hiatus between the first and second seasons of his new TV series Touch. While budget costs were also said to be an issue. Find out more

But speaking on The Tonight Show while promoting Touch, Sutherland told Jay Leno: “We finally got a script to a really amazing place, and unfortunately – because of my schedule – we’re trying to fit a lot of moving parts… and trying to find the right slot to do the film in. We’re still trying and if we don’t get it into this slot, we’ll do it next year.”

Pressed on whether such a delay could jeopardise the film still further, Sutherland remained adamant, saying: “24 was so good to me – it was an amazing experience and I think we have a responsibility to protect it.

“Our job is to make sure that we make the best possible movie ever and if we have to wait a little longer, we will.”

The script in question has been written by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) and Mark Bomback (Total Recall) and is rumoured to be a potential trilogy-starter.

It is not known whether the delay means that Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) will remain on board as director.

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