News of a film adaptation of the hit series “24” has been buzzing around like an annoying, elusive bee for years now, and fans thought they were on the verge of finally seeing it happen. Billy Ray, who also wrote marvels like Color Of Night and Volcano (OK, to be fair, he also wrote Breach and State Of Play), was tapped to draft a script for the film, and he recently finished it.
… And FOX passed on it.
I mean, no offense to Mr. Ray, but when motherfuckin FOX passes on something? It’s either fucking brilliant, or its Manos: Hand Of Fate bad.
But hope is not lost. Howard Gordon, the show’s executive producer, said that:
“As far as I know, it is in suspended animation. There is talk about re-approaching it. I understand (director/producer) Tony Scott is meeting with Kiefer to talk about ideas. People are still talking about it.”
So don’t give up yet. As for me, I gave “24” a shot a couple of years ago. Picked up seasons one and two, and breathlessly zipped through the first season. Five episodes into the second season, I had an epiphany… it’s fucking awful. Some absolutely dreadful writing/acting/execution/everything. I can see the appeal, given it’s rapid pace and penchant for cliffhangers, and Sutherland’s ragged, near-crazed agent Bauer is rather intriguing, but I never watched another second of the show, and I sleep better because of that.
Speaking of Sutherland, he had this to say:
“Something we’ve dealt with in the series is how the crisis always has to come to us because we don’t have time to move anywhere in a real time world. In a two-hour (movie) representation of the 24 world, planes, trains, and automobiles all of a sudden become a factor because you are not required to go scene by scene in real time. That’s something I can say I am very excited about.”
Well, that makes one of us, Keifer.