Last month, we reported that the 24 film would finally see the light of day, as the script was ready to be handed in by the new year, and the production was eyeing a Spring 2012 start date. Today, Kiefer Sutherland was promoting his new FOX drama Touch in front of critics and fans at the Television Critics Association winter tour, and of course the film came up. Surprisingly, Sutherland answered that the Spring 2012 report was actually true, and he even narrowed down the production start date.
TVLine is reporting that Sutherland announced that the film is hoping to start filming either “at the end of April, beginning of May”. There isn’t anything concrete, but if this is to be believed, that means casting, a director, and more will most likely be announced within the next few months.
Sutherland also said that the film will be “relatively a direct continuation. We’re talking maybe six months from the end of [the series finale]“. He also told TVLine that the film won’t simply be two hours or whatever the running time of the film will actually be. The movie will stay true to the series title and compress 24 hours into the time of the film, abandoning the real time situation the series found itself in every year.
Producer Brian Grazer is on board, along with the series’ producer Howard Gordon, who revealed to TV Guide that Mary Lynn Rajskub’s character of Chloe will return as well. The script is written by Mark Bomback, who wrote Live Free or Die Hardand the upcoming Bryan Singer film Jack the Giant Killer.
Before he returns to the shoes of Jack Bauer, you can see Sutherland on Touch in a special sneak preview on January 25th, before premiering in its regular run on March 19th on FOX.