24: Is the Jack Bauer Movie a Sure Thing?

24After tonight, Jack Bauer is finally going to get a day off — for a little while anyway. Though 24 is going off the air, there are plans to make a movie based on the TV show. It’s supposedly going to involve Jack battling some form of evil in Europe. But, where does it stand?

Executive producer Howard Gordon recently told Movieweb, “The current status of the movie is that Billy Ray has written a draft which Kiefer Sutherland has read, and we’re all working together on the second draft.”

He cautioned, “Now, it’s not been shared with Fox or anybody so there is no official status right now. It’s very much a work in progress. Honestly, the movie division is on the other side of the lot and I don’t know and can’t measure their intentions or their timing, and certainly can’t measure their reaction to the script because they haven’t read it yet. ”

Gordon concluded, “So I think it’s all very much speculative at this point. I think our preference would be to do it sooner than later, of course, and get Jack back out in front of people within a year or two, but I don’t know. That would be just me speaking.”

The executive producer believes that there’s a tricky balance in crafting the movie script. He shared, “There are two sets of requirements, which is honoring the series and the creative integrity of the character, and also potentially bringing in a whole new group of people into the franchise who can then go back and watch, and believe it’s been consistent. So I think we recognize that we’re serving two masters or two audiences here, not that they are mutually exclusive but there are two requirements.”

One thing’s for sure, the conceit of events happening in real time will likely have to be abandoned. Gordon has shared in the past that the format, though interesting, often limited what kinds of stories they could tell. He believes that the movie can still work without it though. He said, “I think Jack Bauer the character has got sufficiently broad and strong shoulders to carry a movie in this genre.”

What do you think? Is the real-time format essential? What has to be in a 24 movie?

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  1. cong says

    WHY WOULD A SERIES AS SUCCESSFUL AS 24 NOT RETURN FOR ANOTHER SEASON. I JUST LEARNED “24” WOULD NOT BE RETURNING FROM THE 62ND ACADEMY AWARDS SHOW TONIGHT. WHAT A SHOCK. TNT LOOKS BETTER ALL THE TIME. AT LEAST THEY STILL SHOW GHOST WHISPER, LAW & ORDER SVU, HOUSE, TO NAME A FEW.

  2. abena nkromah says

    Real time all the way- how could it be otherwise?! The movie will have the luxury of several real time formats because it will portray a real chunk of jack’s life.

  3. says

    The series should end wen Jack is quiting CTU after a very risky operation may be when he gives his lif to rescue one of the best in CTU lets say O’brian.Then after the rescue Jack anounces to every on how he is nolonger going to be working with CTU with a touching speech where he apreciates every individual ad having given a brief back ground. I expect many hugs, hand shakes and Souvenirs to be excanged and tears rolling down people’s cheeks. I cant wait also to see Tonny and the wife Mi’lle having a baby. To me Jack is an excellent actor.

  4. i says

    Please this will be a great movie everyone will love it do you know how many fan there are the producers will make millions of dollars off it and if whoever runs this websight is hiring for the movie it would be soo cool to be in haha. But yes this movie is a great idea i this movie should go on!!!

  5. O'Brien511 says

    I believe that it may work without being a real-time format, but then could it be called 24? And would really be nice if they could get some of the constant characters from the show to be in the movie as well.

  6. Laura says

    I think the real-time format is not essential! of course, they have to keep the clock ticking!
    I hope Jack Bauer wont be a one time movie star! It would be great to see the many different movies with this caracter!

  7. Launchpad says

    The real-time format allowed for the story to be segmented in a manner that made it compatible with TV timeslots. A feature film eliminates this constraint. Ditch the real-time format if it hinders plot and character development.

  8. Thomas says

    I think that while in hiding Jack should come acrosse Curtis; who he thought was dead working under cover, in Europe and Jack follows him and saves his life when the men Curtis is spying on try to kill him. And from there it has to be jack trying to stop us from going to war with russia or china. And somehow to do that he has to get tony out of jail. So he ends up involving Chloe and Audrey.

  9. 24L0V3R says

    I think that Kim is kidnapped by the russians and jack has to go save her back in the US. The new president learns where jack is and he sends teams in to retrieve him when Chloe and Cole call Chase to help them get Jack into the country without anyone knowing who he is and to find him. Tony comes back and he helps jack fight off the russians and us government. Audrey gets healed somehow and goes after jack to find out what really happened during the events of day 8. The chinese come in after finding out jack is back in the us. Logan helps the new president find jack. Chloe Audrey Tony Cole and Chase are all put into custody for helping jack but they convince the president to let jack go and help him. The president goes along. Logan kills the president and blames it on jack. The VP finds out and has logan put in the death penelty.A great way to end the best series ever.

  10. Linda Bell says

    The movie should involve the president being kidnapped and the head of ctu being killed, in the mean time cloe is put in charge, what happened to tony almeda? The russians have put him in control of an underground operation to destroy and take over the united states and put ctu as blame. Jack however has taken over the task to rescue the president who had a plan to unite with the russians against another country who has plans to takeover the united states. I wouldnt even begin to know how to put this together but you wanted to know my thoughts on with 24!!!!!

  11. says

    I think the movie sshould start off where the season ended. Jack running from the russians and Americans. While Logan is dyeing or in the hospital from shootifng himself in the last episode.

  12. 24 fan says

    I think that the movie should deal with Audrey being kidnapped by the Russians to lure Jack out of hiding to come and save her.

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