Sad news for "24" fans today: Fox has decided to delay production on the feature film spin-off, which was supposed to start shooting now-ish. The film had a script by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) and was reportedly out to Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) to direct, but Fox has decided to postpone production for fear of delaying Kiefer Sutherland's new TV series, "Touch." 24 was set to shoot during that series' seven-week hiatus, but Fox was reportedly concerned that the producers – who used to put out a mini-Jerry Bruckheimer movie every week – wouldn't be able to finish a single film in about two months.
Oh, and there are budgetary issues as well. It's still Hollywood after all. Deadline reports that Fox was hoping to make 24 for around $30 million – less than half the budget of the Adam Sandler comedy Jack and Jill – by lowballing the talent's salaries but rewarding them with profit percentages. (Sutherland reportedly asked for $5 million to play Bauer on the big screen, but wound up with closer to $1 million instead.) The producers wanted closer to $60 million to make their potential summer blockbuster, but that may be a problem in itself.
This doesn't appear to be an outright cancellation of 24, but it without a definite new start date fans of the series might want to curb their enthusiasm. It seems unlikely that production will begin this year.
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