Could Tony Scott be the director to pull
24: The Movie
out of production hell?
Ever since 24 arrived in 2001, reinvigorating TV schedules and Kiefer Sutherland's acting career, rumours of a movie version have persisted.
Since the series came to an end this year, speculation has been rife. We've already had one slightly naff 24 TV movie, which aired between seasons six and seven.
Now it looks like Tony Scott could be calling the shots on Jack Bauer's big-screen outing.
The show's executive producer Howard Gordon spoke to AssignmentX to about the status of the movie.
Gordon said: "The rumours are that Tony Scott has an idea that he is going to run by or has run by Kiefer Sutherland. I don't know what the status of it is."
On a script that had previously been turned in by Billy Ray ( Flightplan , State of Play ), Gordon commented: "There was a script, but ultimately it wasn't the right proposition."
"It wasn't strong enough or compelling enough to the studio obviously to move ahead with it."
So nothing firm there, but a director of Scott's heft could help to get the project moving again.
He seems like the ideal candidate to helm Bauer's cinematic outing, with a track record of tense, kinetic action thrillers.
Kiefer Sutherland has previously stated that the movie wouldn't play out in real time, and would instead condense a 24-hour period into two hours.