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This Is Over!! . EW Says Fox Doesn’t Like The 24 Script Billy Ray Wrote For Tony Scott and Jack Bauer!!

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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.


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  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Never watched 24

    by Ghostpirate

    But a real time movie sounds interesting.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:24 a.m. CST


    by lochkray

    Watch 'Nick of Time' with Johnny Depp. Not a bad movie, and it used a real-time narrative.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott would be perfect, but bravo to Fox


    Amazed Fox actually is being picky with their scripts these days... and Scott was one of the first names that popped into my head when thinking of a "24" film.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:55 a.m. CST

    what is gonna happen to kiefer sutherland?

    by JohnRyder

    I like the guy, but before 24 he was just a character actor. He really could use this franchise. Than again, Duchovny seemed doomed after X-files was over, but with californication he really reinvented himslef.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:04 a.m. CST

    Scott could be a good choice if he brings his A game

    by Matt

    and with a good script, but I'm surprised they aren't going with one of the shows veteran directors. Ya know, to keep it consistent and whatnot.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    that's actually encouraging and surprising

    by Bass Ackwards

    How many properties have we seen greenlit simply to cash in on the name recognition? I'm surprised to hear they didn't just draft up a quick script and say go for it, just as long as we can slap "24 starring Kiefer Sutherand" on it, as that's kind of what I expected anyways. This seems to be a sign that they actually care about the property and are going to work on putting our something decent.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Not good enough for Fox!

    by Mr_ant

    Oh noes! It must have sucked then, because their standards are soooo high!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by Bruce of all Trades

    This is in fact terrible news. My interpretation of this is that Ray actually wrote a good, character driven, steeped in realism script that possibly aimed at an R rating. Fox took a look at it and went: Wait, this isn't PG-13? It needs more younger characters, like Justin Long. We need a wise cracking smartass, Ryan Reynolds/Kevin Smith-type. Not enough sexy female characters. We need big, over-the-top, unbelievable, CGI-filled action set pieces that will be a hit with the video game playing teenage demographic. This will never do. Bring in someone like Mark Bomback or Skip Woods.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:57 a.m. CST

    Also, this news is at least two weeks old

    by Bruce of all Trades

    I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin' . . .

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:18 a.m. CST

    20th Century Fox wouldn't know a good script if it fucked them in the ass

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    It probably didn't have enough fart jokes.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Maybe it was a crappy script.

    by tonagan

    Though that didn't stop the television show sometimes.

  • After season 8 I really feel they left the Show on an all time High! a part of me wants to see more Jack adventures and if they do a a series of movies I`d like em to hold up to the shows expectations! This is actually really good news that Fox are acually taking the time to put together a 24 Movie properly rather than hashing shit out for a quick cash in (X-MEN) I hope this marks a turn around for the studio to take more time into making their films. Tony Scott Is an awsome choice I wonder If Jack will go up against Densel lol

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    It had to be said.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Keep Tony Scott's Avid Farts away from 24!!!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The TV series was NEVER as hysterically over-stylized as Scott's post-90's work. If John McTiernan were available, I'd give it to him. Or maybe Philip Noyce or Martin Campbell. Get Stuart Baird to edit.<BR><BR>And I like that Fox isn't pushing forward with a supposedly half-assed script. I wish the second X-Files movie hadn't been released with such a bizarre cluster-fuck of a screenplay, which probably ended up killing a potential big screen franchise.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by Mark

    Listen to this guy, Fox, he knows what he's talking about. The first hour of Die Hard With A Vengeance is basically 24.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The worst news here is that Scott is overseeing the project.

    by SnootyBoots

    As much as I enjoyed 24, I would not waste my time watching a movie directed by that hack.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I must've read that wrong . . .

    by mascan42

    Did I just read that Fox declined a script because it wasn't good enough? I thought Rothman just threw whatever was available on the screen as soon as it landed on his desk. I guess they went in a different direction and decided not to nail down a release date during the actual pitch meeting.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Make the 1st hour normal, and the 2nd hour real time

    by estacado1

    By doing this, it can somehow retain its 24-ness. But I don't really care. I never watched the last 2 seasons. Now a LOST movie.... that's money in the bank.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    It's the "MR. BILL" show with real people.

    by SmokingRobot

    Jacks wife gets raped. Jacks wife gets killed. Jack has to kill is best friend. Jack is tortured to death. Jack is captured by the Chinese and tortured for two years. Jacks girl-friend is killed. And on and on and on.... Jesus, it got old. Poor Jack.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    In Fox's defense, Billy Ray is pretty awful

    by Laserhead

    The consummate studio hack, Ray has been responsible for ruining more original ideas than any working writer in Hwood.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Do you think Fox even intended to keep 24 going?

    by Youth_N_Asia

    I think it's like the Deadwood movies that HBO claimed were going to happen. Just something to tell the fans to tide them over and never have intentions do do em.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Tony Scott Would Fucking Ruin It Anyway

    by Crow3711

    Better off not happening in my opinion. The guy is incapable of making a good film. I'd rather it not happen than watch the inevitably impossible to watch 24 movie brought to you by Tony Scott. ugh

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST


    by Darth_Kaos

    They'll greenlight a 5th Big Momma's House, but poo poo on a Big Screen 24 movie with a loyal fanbase... and with TONY SCOTT! FUCKIN' RETARDS! It's about money...plain and simple.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by Bramton1

    Please tell me you're being funny.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    I hope they don't go the route of X-Files

    by _Venkman

    and wait too long to do a movie

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    They hired outsiders who doesn't have a clue,

    by Amadeo Zeller

    When they had capable writers and producers who were running the show? - Hell, why don't they hand over the script reigns over to David Fury and Howard Gordon? - But I guess that makes too much sense.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:01 p.m. CST

    A 24 movie would feel like a Die Hard/Bourne ripoff

    by ShabbyBlue

    In fact, both Die Hard 3 and Die Hard 4's plotlines span roughly 24 hours. That proves it can be done in a 2-hour movie format, but a 24 movie would come off as a ripoff or combination of Die Hard and Jason Bourne.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:03 p.m. CST

    And yeah, Denzel could have been in it!

    by ShabbyBlue

    If Tony Scott was directing, it wouldn't surprise me if Denzel Washington played the main villain Jack has to face. That would be pretty cool.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    If only they were this script picky the past 8 years...

    by the_patriot might have not become a running joke about having a plot point checkoff list. Mole? Check. Double cross? Check. Jack ambushed? Check. Mole to replace the mole? Check.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Ray was a bad pick to write anyway

    by BoyNamedSue

    State of Play was a snoozefest (I haven't seen his other work), and nowhere near the type of action flick that 24 was. He was an ODD choice to say the least. At this point, I'm fine with the best writers from the television show writing the film, provided it's a good script.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Tony Scott would be PERFECT to direct a 24 film

    by Smoke Monster Loves Kate

    The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable were great fast paced flicks. Just hope they find a decent script.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Let me guess, the script was too good for Fox?

    by brokentusk

    "Make it shitter!" - Tom Rothman

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    I overheard a conversation at Fox last week.

    by brokentusk

    It went something like this: Howard Gordon: "We have this great script that Billy Ray banged out." Tom Rothman: "I never read it." Howard Gordon: "It's really good." Tom Rothman: "How much will it cost to shoot?" Howard Gordon: "Well, to really do it justice we'll need about $80 million. It'll be worth it though, with the name brand recognition of Jack Bauer alone we might have a chance to create a long-running franchise in the vein of Jason Bourne or James Bond." Tom Rothman: "Can you do it for $2 and a pack of cigarettes?" Howard Gordon: "I don't think..." Tom Rothman: "Then fuck it. What else you got for me?" Howard Gordon: "Um... Snakes and Ladders?" Tom Rothman: "Now we're talking."

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    As long as Stephen Hopkins gets first refusal rights.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    People forget he was the man responsible for establishing the swagger of jack. Plus he's a really good director and should be back doing big budget features.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    It couldn't be no worse than the shit they pumped out for years.

    by Shermdawg

    And now with every decent supporting player fucked up or stupidly killed off, all we got to look forward to is a Aaron Pierce Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D cameo, and the possibility of Theo "brutha" Stoller.

  • The reason why I Want to Believe failed had nothing to do with waiting too long. It had everything to do with the series ending badly and the movie's premise being dreadfully dull.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    It's over, Johnny.

    by Lashlarue

    Nothing is over!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    "never watched 24"

    by malificus


  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    If someone did a "24" series about one day on my job...

    by DadTimesTwo

    The entire first episode would consist of me arriving at work, propping my feet up on my desk and procrastinating while I think about how burned out I am at my job.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I don't want 24 from Tony Scott

    by darthpigman

    And I don't want my 24 news from Herc!

  • Is still fresh in the fan base's mind. The new X-Files movie failed because it was just a longer episode of the show...I still liked it though. I'd give it a B, nothing spectacular but nothing that bad either. I can't really remember anymore but was the 2012 invasion date pushed back or is that still the plan?

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Aint it Old News

    by Craig2574

    This news had been out for a few days! BREAK SOME NEWS HERE!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Jack Bauer vs Jason Bourne

    by palimpsest

    That's your movie, right there.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    The last season was terrible

    by Teddy Artery

    but I'd certainly like to see a well-crafted script put Jack Bauer back in action. They need to stop putting the jeopardy of the entire world at risk every time. Make the risks more personal to Jack, while keeping the potential damage to the public large, but believable. It's not supposed to be science-fiction. Drama and action. Keep the focus there.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Good. Billy Ray should work on something more interesting.


    Shattered Glass and Breach are unheralded gems.

  • a patient in Dr. House's care. *cue House theme*

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The 24 hour conceit

    by hulkiest

    NEVER worked. Each episode always looked like it was filmed at 9AM in Los Angeles. And no one ever got sleepy or went to the bathroom. Why didn't they show the 24 hour clock counting down while Jack Bauer ate a Chicken sandwich? Stupid show. Like all TV.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    need a vic mackey movie.

    by alice133

    vic mackey>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>jack bauer.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    "Paulo took a shit at the Flame Station"

    by Shermdawg

    Didn't they retcon that in the N&P episode?

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by Larry Sellers

    I only ever watched the show here and there, but it wasn't bad. I can see the appeal and I really thought this was going to get the X-Files treatment. Looks like they're holding out for quality. Bold considering the show just ended and now would be the most ideal time for a movie.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Denzel Washington chasing after Jack Bauer would make a good movie...

    by MrMysteryGuest

    ...because Kiefer vs. Denzel = ass in seat!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST


    by Dazzler69

    Is it really that hard to come up with a script for 24? Must have been pretty bad to pass up a money making franchise. No matter how bad the script was. Tv movie was great and that was not 24 hours long. They are over thinking this.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    bravo to FOX?

    by themidnighter23

    know how they operate it was probably too smart and they probably wanted a dumbed down version that a toddler could comprehend

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Jack ate AND fell asleep in season one

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Probably the only season to realistically depict the genuine fatigue and/or hunger one experiences when staying up for 40+ hours.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Oh great, gonna be a repeat of Deadwood

    by MattmanReturns

    Remember those movies they promised to wrap things up? Yeah, this one won't happen either.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    FOX? Holding out for quality?

    by BrandonGK

    Because if there's one thing the studio the released Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Alien Versus Predator: Requiem, The Happening, and X Men Origin: Wolverine cares about is a quality script.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Truxton Spangler

    did the best (first) season of 24, but didn't he leave on bad terms?<br><br>Unless Fox decided to go balls out and do a version of 24 with all the things they couldn't show on TV, rated-R, AND the good characters the idiots killed off prematurely in the series, forget it.<br><br>No need for a mildly-enhanced PG-13 crapfest. To me, this is a 50/50 thing at best. Either do it well, or don't do it all. Won't miss if it never gets made.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    "The "24" movie has to be 24 hours long or you can't call it "24"!!!"

    by buggerbugger

    Try telling that to the makers of '55 Days at Peking'.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    ...even a series of '24' wasn't on for 24 hours, it was around 18 and a half hours long - unless you want the movie to be interrupted by adverts every 10 minutes for the proper '24' experience.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I like the idea

    by Hipshot

    Of simply detailing 24 hours in Bauer's life, without directly trying to imitate the structure of the show. Making the best movie possible should be their only concern--and trying to tell a big story with the real-time constraint is a recipe for disaster. Bauer is a fascinating character, and deserves a chance to blossom.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit shit!!! I needs my Bauer fix and this is just awful news. Awful in the sense that once this gets nixed in such a public way, then the chances for a full blown film series is dead in the water. It might happen, but I'd be surprised. Maybe Howard Gordon will sign back on at the IMDB board for 24 and answer some more questions for everyone. (He did that during the last season. Pretty cool of him) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some good news on this in 2011.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    It only needs to take place during a 24-hour time span

    by BoyNamedSue

    You can still call it 24, as long as it takes place over a 24-hour time span (unless the powers that be think that the real time format is more important than the title, otherwise it will have to be called "2." They don't even have to call it 24 anymore. They could just call it something else entirely (The Dark Knight was not Batman Begins Part 2, etc.)

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    24: Redemption was only two hours

    by BoyNamedSue

    And it still wasn't called "Two." Most people can associate the term "24" with the Jack Bauer character without thinking it's about 24 something or other (the same way "The Voyage Home" still had "Star Trek" in the title even though they spent most of the movie on Earth.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Season 4 - The Last Good Thing 24 did!!

    by wtriker1701

    They should have done teh movie right after that season. The last seconds, where Jack walks into the sunset, was just some pure cinematic feeling that could have swung into the movie: Jack - alone and presumed dead, President David Palmer - alive, but down the command chain, President Logan - filthy, tricky and lost in his quest for being The POTUS. That would have been the perfect setup for the movie. Michelle and Tony still alive! Too bad, they didn't recognize the potential back then! Even The X-Files made a decent first movie (we all forget that there ever was a second one, but still hope they did it to not lose the rights for doing the third in 2012!), then came back to television. It worked at least for some time, didn't it? Now every exec at Fox will rethink a script at least twice before giving some green light, because they somehow drove the franchise down with their last 4 seasons. Pathetic tries they did to make Jack a loner and a loose gun! ("Jack Bauer CAN'T have a happy life...") But here's hope, that Jack may return as the hero we worshipped years ago!! Drink to that, my friends! And let Kiefer have a round or two, too!

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Spoiler warnings?

    by Bobthegrinch

    As I'm currently half way through watching the 8th series box set I got for Christmas, I would've appreciated a spoiler warning before I read the line about where Jack Bauer ended up at the end of season 8. I quickly stopped reading there and haven't gone back to check whether I'm quoting right because I don't dare go back and check.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST


    by CatVutt

    It sucked.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Probably because

    by Smack_Teddy

    there werent enough Towelheads being smacked around then told to "Say Hello To Your Brother!" before Jack violently bitterly murders them, or like Superman shields a train from a booted exploding suicide bomber yelling "Muck-Alla-Ba-Lacba!" as he sets the thing off.<p> That moment in Season 6 & others made me & my mate do the equivalent of when Liz Lemmon and her fella gag over pizza at Jacks cowboy fireworks, twin-towers-alike spectacular going down on tv...but i bet its more the kind of thing Fox had in mind for the big screen pop culture send off

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Aret they still holding out for

    by maxjohnson1971

    "Die Hard: 24/7"? That was pitched at one time. Willis and Sutherland teaming up to...What? I never heard the details of the script, but that was actually being considered. I think Bauer would have shot McClain about 15 minutes in just to get him to shut up.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Bob, you stole Christmas - stop bitching!

    by wtriker1701

    If you didn't care to watch the show when it aired, you SURELY don't want to visit a talkback that's discussing matters from over half a year ago, do you? I mean... it WAS clear to you, you're walking on a minefield, G-Man...?! @ maxjohnson1971: That's been a short rumor, never been revisited again and fairly improbable. There won't be a McLane/Bauer Movie. There might be a next McLane movie, but let's hope, there will be a Bauer movie, also! DAMMIT!!! The Jack-Sack Must Be Seen In Gloriuos 3D!!!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by Hipshot

    I could sit through a movie for 24 hours if I thought I'd gain something worth the time and effort. I'm sure some folks have nothing better to do than...wait for it...not just follow someone else for a day, but to watch a movie of someone else doing that. How fascinating.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Great to see another 24 talkback

    by bravogolfhotel

    I didn't follow the show, but the 24 talkbacks were consistently of a high standard. No lunatics, no dick-measuring contests, just people who knew the show and cared about it. Great stuff.