Fans sad about the series finale but anxious for the flick.
BY JENNIFER COXMAY 27, 2010
Last March, the cancellation of the once-popular TV drama 24 was announced due to low ratings. However, having developed a close cult following during its long-standing run on FOX, fans were elated with the subsequent announcement by producers that they were creating a feature film starring the show’s leading characters, including the much-loved Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland).
“We all felt it was right to end it," executive producer Howard Gordon said in an interview with USA Today in March. "We've really had what feels like our last day. The real-time aspect was one of the propulsive devices, but it was very restrictive, even with the absurdities, the license we allowed ourselves."
The two-hour series finale aired last Monday and drew in nine million viewers(down from its average of 13 million).
"This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible," Sutherland said in an article on Reuters. "Looking ahead to the future, Gordon and I are excited about the opportunity to create the feature film version of '24'."
Immediately following the finale of the crime drama, the internet was humming with hype over the impending flick. And, given all of the buzz TV-to-big screen titles have been receiving recently, most notably Sex and the City 2, critics think 24 could have a good chance of having its own big screen success.
Since 24 premiered in 2001, it has been awarded 68 Emmys including Best Drama in 2006 and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama in 2002 (Sutherland was nominated a total of seven times for his role).