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C'mon Hollywood: Don't let the 24 movie slip away!

03.27.2012

With eight seasons of hard-hitting action, drama, suspense, and political intrigue, 24 stands as one of the most successful drama series on television. It was an instant hit, winning numerous Emmy and Golden Globe awards, including best dramatic series and best actor for star Keifer Sutherland. For him, the role of CTU agent Jack Bauer was the role of a lifetime. The sheer amount of scene-chewing guest stars on the show was phenomenal to boot. The stories were taut and oftentimes ludicrous (in terms of time, anyway), but always presented with such urgency that you couldn’t help but get sucked in. In terms of action and violence, the show definitely pushed the boundaries and capitalized on shock value, killing off characters you’d never expect to die.

Keifer Sutherland took ownership of his role as Bauer and brought a ferocious intensity, wit, smarts, and brutality, all of which you would hope and expect from an agent of his caliber. Sutherland’s Bauer was strong, vulnerable, flawed, and completely dedicated to his country, which is something worth noting. Bauer was always one step ahead, never relenting the mission or his ulterior motives (i.e. saving his family from certain danger), but finding a way to accomplish both. And he didn’t always win the day. Many times, Jack Bauer saved the world, but lost his own loved ones and his own sanity.

The producers chose to end the show on a high note with the intent of continuing Jack Bauer’s journey on the big screen. However, two years later, a number of things have stalled the process and therein lays the problem. The script has been in some form of completion for a while and numerous directors have been touted, from Antoine Fuqua to Tony Scott, but with nothing going. Sutherland, meanwhile, has begun work on his new dramatic series, Touch, which is taking up the majority of his time, adding to the issue of scheduling. In addition, the film has been snagged on budgetary issues, which isn’t all that uncommon.

With all of these factors in play and the recent news of the originally set Spring 2012 start date pushed back to 2013, 24 is starting to feel like one of those projects that is always in discussions, but never going anywhere. As the creators of the show move on to other projects, the distance between getting the series translated into a successful film franchise grows that much farther away.

Some may feel that eight seasons of Jack Bauer and his terrorist-cracking antics is enough. But, I don’t. And, I’d agree that he’s survived some shit that no human being could ever possibly survive. However, that’s the beauty of the character. He works as that super-agent anomaly that can’t be put down. It’s a blast to watch Jack do his thing, whether it be shooting, punching, kicking, blowing shit up, cutting off heads, whatever. He is a master of his trade and I want to see him do all of those things in a packed IMAX theater with a bigger budget and slew of guest stars.

What needs to happen is that the producers, along with Sutherland, need to become self aware like Skynet. It’s all about priorities. Sutherland needs to put Bauer at the forefront of his career. It’s unlikely that his new show, Touch, is going to catch on. It’s compelling, but not enough to be involved with for an extended period of time. I foresee a cancellation after two seasons. That’s another two years wasted, when 24 could have already been established on the big screen.

A director needs to be hired that can bring the action home and focus solely on the project, building it along with Sutherland and the producers. It should be tailored towards the new two-hour format with care and precision, and geared towards establishing a Jack Bauer franchise, letting the character be the key ingredient, not the 24-hour format. In the end, the title was only ever about the format, not the main character. The show was always about Bauer.

24 has the potential to be a golden goose for all involved, and for us fans, a chance to enjoy the action heroics of one of the most kick ass characters created in a long time. For non-fans, it’s a chance to discover the awesome and see what all the fuss was about. It’s a career-defining role for Sutherland, one he’ll never escape, let alone top, so why not make the most of it? Fans often lament the absence of true action heroes in cinema today and rightfully so. Jack Bauer is the answer to fill that void. Let’s hope all involved take stock of what they have and deliver what we all deserve; another chapter in the Jack Bauer legacy.

Extra Tidbit: Time to sound off with your choice for who should direct this project: I'd like to see a veteran action director on this, someone like John McTiernan, Tony Scott, or even Renny Harlin at the helm. Hit us with your choice below.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:20AM on 03/13/2013
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7:17AM on 03/28/2012
a 24 movie by Scott.. damn that sounds cool as f*ck!
a 24 movie by Scott.. damn that sounds cool as f*ck!
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2:17AM on 03/28/2012
The first 4 seasons were great & then it just got silly but ya could not help but watch mo matter what, ya always rooted for Jack Bauer know matter what. Yes in light of all these remakes & pointless sequels this is a movie that needs to be made. I do hope Tony Scott can do the movie, this is right up his alley, anyone else it would just seem too parodylike.
The first 4 seasons were great & then it just got silly but ya could not help but watch mo matter what, ya always rooted for Jack Bauer know matter what. Yes in light of all these remakes & pointless sequels this is a movie that needs to be made. I do hope Tony Scott can do the movie, this is right up his alley, anyone else it would just seem too parodylike.
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7:13PM on 03/27/2012
What if Behrooz came back as the villain? I just want to hear Jack complain to Chloe about protocol again.
What if Behrooz came back as the villain? I just want to hear Jack complain to Chloe about protocol again.
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6:37PM on 03/27/2012
I would like to see tony scott. I Miss seeing bauer every monday.
I would like to see tony scott. I Miss seeing bauer every monday.
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4:42PM on 03/27/2012

Good article

I'd like to see Jack make a comeback and get a little payback.
I'd like to see Jack make a comeback and get a little payback.
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4:18PM on 03/27/2012
As I said earlier in another article, if Hollywood can't greenlit 24 because the film needs 50M budget instead of 30M, whereas they can throw 215M to a 1940s western remake like "Lone Ranger" (not actually bashing LR, its just ABSURD!)....There's absolutely no hope for real action fans like me. Get ready for Transformers 6.

X.T. John McTiernan is a fantastic choice, he directed some of the most suspenseful films I've seen (Die Hard 1-3, Predator, Hunt for Red October). Otherwise, Michael
As I said earlier in another article, if Hollywood can't greenlit 24 because the film needs 50M budget instead of 30M, whereas they can throw 215M to a 1940s western remake like "Lone Ranger" (not actually bashing LR, its just ABSURD!)....There's absolutely no hope for real action fans like me. Get ready for Transformers 6.

X.T. John McTiernan is a fantastic choice, he directed some of the most suspenseful films I've seen (Die Hard 1-3, Predator, Hunt for Red October). Otherwise, Michael Mann. 1 word: Collateral.
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2:32AM on 03/28/2012
I still haven't forgiven McTiernan for the shaggy-dog story that was Basic.

Lots of suspense but falls flat on it face at the end.
I still haven't forgiven McTiernan for the shaggy-dog story that was Basic.

Lots of suspense but falls flat on it face at the end.
1:28PM on 03/27/2012
This film NEEDS to happen. Jack Bauer is like the John McClane of the small screen. It's just frustrating how something as good as a 24 movie can be delayed for so long.

I think it would be AMAZING to hear Jack Bauer's voice again say "The events on this day..." right before the movie starts. For me and for most 24 die hard fans I feel that Jack's story isn't over yet.

For director I like Tony Scott.
This film NEEDS to happen. Jack Bauer is like the John McClane of the small screen. It's just frustrating how something as good as a 24 movie can be delayed for so long.

I think it would be AMAZING to hear Jack Bauer's voice again say "The events on this day..." right before the movie starts. For me and for most 24 die hard fans I feel that Jack's story isn't over yet.

For director I like Tony Scott.
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11:17AM on 03/27/2012

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I can't wait for 24 to hit the big screen. I agree 100% with Paul, this needs to happen sooner than later and establish Jack as a big screen presence. If they wait too long it will be hard to get a franchise going. Strike while the iron is hot. Here is to hoping we see all our favorite characters on the big screen soon especially Jack!!!!
I can't wait for 24 to hit the big screen. I agree 100% with Paul, this needs to happen sooner than later and establish Jack as a big screen presence. If they wait too long it will be hard to get a franchise going. Strike while the iron is hot. Here is to hoping we see all our favorite characters on the big screen soon especially Jack!!!!
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7:50AM on 03/27/2012
If John Frankenheimer was still alive, I'd have picked him. Anyway, I think Zack Snyder can handle the job just fine. We all want to see Jack Bauer in super cool ass-kicking action scene. Snyder knows how to make the movie looks cool.
If John Frankenheimer was still alive, I'd have picked him. Anyway, I think Zack Snyder can handle the job just fine. We all want to see Jack Bauer in super cool ass-kicking action scene. Snyder knows how to make the movie looks cool.
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7:09AM on 03/27/2012
Who's the blond at the left of the second picture? I don't remember her from the show...
Who's the blond at the left of the second picture? I don't remember her from the show...
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1:25PM on 03/27/2012
She was from Season 2. She was the sister who's sister was getting married to the Iraqi guy.
She was from Season 2. She was the sister who's sister was getting married to the Iraqi guy.
4:22AM on 03/27/2012
It could work with someone like David O. Russell at the helm.
It could work with someone like David O. Russell at the helm.
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4:12AM on 03/27/2012
Best C'mon hollywood article EVER! But one slight correction for the article. Believe it or not, the show wasn't a huge success right out of the gate. Ratings for the first season were actually quite underwhelming. There was talk that the show might not even last to see season 2. And then there were talks about potentially changing the show's format. Fortunately, that didn't happen. And the show was renewed. And to give FOX credit, and this is why I'll always defend FOX, they kept the
Best C'mon hollywood article EVER! But one slight correction for the article. Believe it or not, the show wasn't a huge success right out of the gate. Ratings for the first season were actually quite underwhelming. There was talk that the show might not even last to see season 2. And then there were talks about potentially changing the show's format. Fortunately, that didn't happen. And the show was renewed. And to give FOX credit, and this is why I'll always defend FOX, they kept the show the same in terms of format and advertised the hell out of the show. The result was a success. Season 2 did fairly well. And when they decided to move the show to begin in January and not have any interruptions, then the ratings for the show were even bigger. Season 4 and 5 was when the show had it's highest ratings. Many people consider to be not only season 5 the show's most successful ratings-wise, but quality wise as well. It's definitely one of my favorites. BTW, if you want to actually hear Jack say fuck, watch the season 4 prequel. When Jack is fired from CTU, he tells Erin Driscoll, "I can find my own fucking job!". Great scene! :D
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2:32AM on 03/27/2012

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I'd pay nine bucks just to hear Jack say something more colorful than "Damn it!" I'd love to see Michael Mann give it a go.
I'd pay nine bucks just to hear Jack say something more colorful than "Damn it!" I'd love to see Michael Mann give it a go.
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