The '24' Movie Coming in 2012
The '24' Movie Coming in 2012
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The world is going to end in 2012, unless Jack Bauer can stop it. After years of build-up, it looks like next year might finally bring the long-awaited big screen version of the hit series 24.

Today producer Brian Grazer unleashed the tweet 24 fans have been dying to read: "Got off the phone Keifer yesterday and we are very excited about producing the '24' movie for next year."

Ignoring the grammatical issues and the fact that Mr. Sutherland's name is spelled "Kiefer" (remember: "I before E"), the news is exciting for anyone who's ever wanted to see Jack Bauer scream "Dammit!" on an IMAX screen.

The show has featured presidential assassinations, nuclear bombs detonated on U.S. soil and an evil president working with the terrorists. How a movie could possibly top all of that is a mystery, but maybe that's why it took them so long to work it out.

If the 24 movie really is coming in 2012 (which I still think might be a cruel joke Grazer is playing on the world, pulling an April Fool's prank 10 days late), then I can't wait to see what kind of adventure Jack Bauer will get into. Kiefer Sutherland may be the big attraction, but as far as I'm concerned, if they don't bring back Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe then there's absolutely no reason to even make this movie.

The series ended with Jack Bauer fleeing the country with the help of the president and his friends at CTU to avoid prosecution for the many, many civil rights violations he committed over the course of the series. The torture stuff worked well when President Bush was in charge, but now that we're in the Obama age of Hope and Change, a 24 movie might have a different tone and flavor.

If they want to try a ripped-from-the-headlines story, maybe the movie could deal with a terrorist being tried in a civilian court only to have his allies try to free him. Or maybe Jack Bauer has to stop a terrorist plot centered on a mosque being built near Ground Zero.

24 ran for eight seasons on FOX from 2001-2010, and also featured a TV movie that continued the show's real-time formula.

(Image courtesy of FOX)