Here’s a bad start for 2011!
Entertainment Weekly reports that the screenplay crafted for a big-screen “24” feature by screenwriter Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Suspect Zero,” “Flightplan,” “Breach,” “State of Play”) just wasn’t good enough for Fox to greenlight a further adventure for Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brien.
“I was disapppointed [Fox] passed on the script but I’m certainly hopeful that the movie will get made at some point,” longtime showrunner Howard Gordon told EW. “Anecdotally, I’ve heard from people who are really missing the show and I do think there is more life in Jack Bauer.”
I know I missed listing “24’s” return date as I was compiling 2011’s TV premiere calendar.
A vengeful, bloodthirsty Bauer turned fugitive at the end of his eighth and final season last May, and Ray’s movie script would have moved Bauer overseas in a tale that would condensed 24 hours of Bauer’s life into the length of a motion picture.
The project is still being overseen for Fox by producer-director Tony Scott (“Domino,” “Déjà vu,” “The Taking of Pelham 123,” “Unstoppable”), who, like Ray, had nothing to do with the “24” TV series.
Find all of EW’s exclusive on the matter here.