With one assassination attempt on a foreign president on American soil, Jack Bauer is back in action as a CTU agent for season eight of the hit TV show “24.” Taking place on the East Coast for the first time, this season has been full of excitement so far, bringing back familiar faces while introducing some new ones as well.
After eight years of “24,” it seems there isn’t too much left for Jack Bauer to do, but loyal fans are not ready to let go. They are in luck, however, for there is good news in store. According to Variety and various other sources, “24” might be making its way to the big screen. The movie is in the works with an idea, a writer and, most importantly, Kiefer Sutherland all on board.
For those of you who are fans of this terrorist-attacking, action-filled program, you know that it takes place during real time, so what would that mean for a two-hour film? Since the film is in the very early preliminary stages, little is known about the story line and what other characters, besides Jack, will be reprising their roles. Writer Billy Ray, who has been appointed to pen the script for the film, has posed an idea of taking Bauer to Europe, but that’s all that is known so far. Brittany Kalmanowitz, a sophomore psychology major, was really excited about the possibility of a “24” movie.
“I love “24” and I think a movie could be amazing. Seeing “24” in a theater would be really great!” Kalmanowitz said.
The last thing that could possibly delay the movie is the show itself. Viewership this season will determine whether “24” will have one final go into a ninth season. If this is the case, any movie plans will be pushed back so that the show can finish its run on TV.
While a “24” movie may have never crossed your mind, it is not a new idea to the franchise. The idea has been thrown around and thought about for the past few years, and has even come close to being made. Waiting until after the series ends, however, seems like a much more appropriate time for a movie. FOX has been known for successful TV shows being made into movies before, including “The Simpsons” and “The X-Files.” Although a different network, the “Sex and the City” movie was a huge hit securing tons of money and a sequel to hit theaters this spring, proving that TV shows can be successfully turned into full-length feature films.
This is happy news for fans of “24” because it means the end isn’t too near. Whether the movie is a good idea or a bad one, bringing “24” to the big screen will keep the franchise going and will be sure to draw in millions at the box office.