Fans hoping for a new 24 story in the form of a movie got some disappointing news this week. Film director Anton Fuqua told Indiewire in an interview this week that the movie project is now dead.
The movie project would have feature Kiefer Sutherland reprising his role as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer. Rumors held that Sutherland was holding out for a better contract for the movie deal, Fuqua stated that the project simply fell apart after a while. From the Indiewire report:
“Yeah, that’s not happening. I don’t think it’s gonna happen at all, definitely not with me,” Fuqua shrugs, putting the stake in what has always been a pretty tenuous project. “I met with Kiefer [Sutherland], Fox wanted to do it, it was a matter of his schedule before he went off to do his new show [’Touch‘].” The story that circulated was that there were budgetary disputes, as well as the matter of a meager offer to Sutherland, and Fuqua leans towards that by admitting, “I don’t think he was able to get a proper agreement with Fox. The time just passed, and I went off to go to what I was doing.”
Though Jack Bauer won’t be returning any time soon, Sutherland can still be seen on Fox starring as a struggling parent in Touch. Fuqua, who is best known for directing the movie Training Day, has also moved on with other projects. He is currently attached to a biopic about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and a military thriller called Hunter Killer.