Since the announcement that 24: The Movie wouldn’t be going into production at all this year, many were saddened by the news, but some very much expected it. Sworn off for the rest of 2012, it’s unknown where the project’s status lies since the announcement. Now, it seems the distributor is trying to straighten out the rough spots of the film, if it ever stands a chance that is.
The Wrap is reporting that insiders at 20th Century Fox say the studio is “trying to figure out how to do [the film] next year”. Finding a director is one of the main concerns at this point, but the source says the main thing the studio wants to do is a script rewrite. Billy Ray wrote the first draft, while Mark Bomback did his own rewrites. It seems the studio is still not completely satisfied, and want to perfect the film once more.
Then, the studio has to sync up actors’ schedules, salaries, and the whole nine yards. It sounds like a long complicated process that further adds doubt to whether or not the film will actually move into production. Don’t hold your breath just yet, especially if Kiefer Sutherland’s Touch gets a second season.
Furthermore, it sounds like 20th is skimping out on the budget, offering Sutherland a reported five times less than what he asked. So, with low budget films certainly all-the-rage, and after John Carter’s big bomb perhaps a necessity in some sorts, it’ll be interesting to see how the spat plays out.
There are plenty of projects that are certainly trying to hit the big screen, such as Entourage, Arrested Development, Party Down, and more, but just like 24: The Movie, they definitely have time getting traction. This continuation gains credit for actually having the studio heavily involved, but it’s all a matter of whether or not the schedules can line up, and if the studio ever becomes pleased enough with the script to not shelve the project.