'24' movie script takes Jack Bauer to Europe
'Shatter Glass' scribe Billy Ray is working on a script with Kiefer Sutherland's blessing
Twentieth Century Fox and 20th Century Fox TV have hired a screenwriter to begin the process of tackling a big screen version of "24."
The trade paper says that Sutherland, series creators Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow, longtime showrunner Howard Gordon and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment would all have a hand in producing the film.
But what does this mean for "24" as a FOX television series?
Many years ago, producers used to discuss the possibility of doing a "24" film during the show's Emmy-winning run, but it became clear that the logistical difficulties were too great. The recent party line has held that a "24" movie wouldn't get made until "24" finished its time on FOX.
The series ventured into longer form storytelling with 2008's "24: Redemption," which earned a handful of Emmy nominations, but was merely a small screen appetizer for the big screen feature in the future.
Is that time upon us? Certainly ratings and reviews for the current season have been slightly below-par. In addition, the network and the studio don't have a deal for a ninth season yet, nor does Sutherland. At the Television Critics Association press tour last month, all sides agreed that they'd be willing to do a ninth season if there was demand or the right story idea.
The trade paper also raises the possibility of FOX declining a ninth season, but 20th Century Fox TV taking the property to another network, broadcast or cable.
For now, that's all speculation. The part of this story that isn't speculation: Billy Ray is writing a script for a "24" movie. Anything beyond that? Blather.