24: THE MOVIE Isn't Happening Says Former Director Antoine Fuqua
Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I'm a huge 24 fan and have been eagerly anticipating the movie for years. Well, according to former director Antoine Fuqua, the planned follow up to the popular TV series isn't ever going to happen. Noooooooo!
Around this time last year, it was reported that Fox's big screen adaptation of 24 had been pushed back for a 2013 shoot, while Antoine Fuqua was attached to helm the first movie of a planned trilogy. It was initially reported that Kiefer Sutherland's commitment to Touch meant he didn't have enough time to film the movie, although it was later revealed that budgetary issues (including the meagre $1 million salary offered to Sutherland) caused the delays. Talking to The Playlist recently, Fuqua revealed that the movie is seemingly as dead as a terrorist at the hands of Jack Bauer.
"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."
In many ways, this doesn't come as a huge surprise as the show has been off the air for a few years and that alone makes the chances of a movie all the less likely. I guess we're stuck with that open ended and totally unsatisfying finale. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go cry myself to sleep...
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