New 24 Series Won't Cancel 24 Movie

Posted 12:19 AM January 15th, 2014 by Fred Topel
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Since the end of the eighth season of TV’s 24, talk of a 24 movie heated up and then cooled off at least twice. When the cast returned for a new miniseries, 24: Live Another Day, that seemed almost better than a movie. 24 is back on TV! The show presented a panel for Live Another Day to the Television Critics Association, in which Kiefer Sutherland said there could still be a film, and that the film script in development is not the same as Live Another Day.

“No, the script for the film is very, very different,” Sutherland said. “The film is an ongoing kind of situation. There’s always an opportunity to do that. But literally, Howard [Gordon] came up with an idea for a 12 episode run at this and it was the opportunity that presented itself to us first. It was a fantastic idea, and it’s something that we’re very excited about doing and it’s something that we’re really primarily focused on. So if this ends up rebooting the show or causing a film to be made, so be it. But right now, we’re very passionately focused on these 12 episodes right now.”

12 episodes will present 24 hours in half the time, by skipping over some hours between episodes. The 24 movie is intended to represent 24 hours in only 2, which seems a logistical conundrum to figure out. I asked if experimenting with the timing in Live Another Day could test the waters for the movie, but executive producer Manny Coto said that’s not a factor.

“We haven’t considered it in that context at all,” Coto said. “We’re really just focused on this series and how to make the best 12 hours possible, so we haven’t really thought much about where the movie will be after this, you know, if so, you know, the short answer is really no.”

24: Live Another Day returns in May on Fox.

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