Tony Scott May Still Save The 24 Movie, But He Needs To Move Fast
By Katey Rich published: 2011-01-01 17:43:37
It's not news that Fox has turned down the first script writer Billy Ray turned in for the planned 24 movie-- we were reporting on that over two weeks ago. But while today's Entertainment Weekly story is mostly about that old information, there's a tidbit in there that actually points to more hope for the TV adaptation. They talked to 24. series executive producer Howard Gordon, who said that the script is dead but "There is talk about re-approaching it. I understand Tony Scott is meeting with Kiefer to talk about ideas. People are still talking about it.”
Howard mentioned Tony Scott's name when talking about the script's rejection a few weeks ago, but at that point his participation was just a rumor Howard was repeating. Given that he's not actually "engaged or involved" in production on the 24 movie, there's no telling how good Howard's information is, and it's possible he's just repeating the same information he had a few weeks ago with slightly different words.
24 has now been off the air for 7 months, which means the clock is ticking even faster for them to actually get the made. Jack Bauer is enduring enough a character that Kiefer Sutherland could probably pull off playing him for years to come, but the number of people interested in the movie at all will dwindle as the years go by. It doesn't sound like Fox is moving very fast to get the movie made, which may be a sign they don't intend to make the movie at all. If Tony Scott really has that big idea, it's time for him to get it out there and get this process moving.