While Fox is deciding on whether or not to do a ninth season of 24, an insider says a movie of the show could be in the works. Screenwriter Billy Ray reportedly pitched a film version of the show and is in talks to pen the script.
Meanwhile, back in TV land, network executives are waiting to see how the show performs over the next few weeks before they give the go ahead on another season. The last episodes haven’t been written yet since producers are waiting on a decision before they write either a season finale or a series finale. The current and eighth season premiered last month.
Keifer Sutherland, shown here on the set of the show last Tuesday, previously endorsed the idea of a 24 movie. “A television series can either act as a great trailer for a film, or a film can act as a great trailer for a television series” he told Entertainment Weekly in January.
He goes on to explain “I think the resistance to it is because, in my father’s generation [Donald Sutherland], if you did films, you didn’t even think about television. And if you did television, you wouldn’t be allowed to do films. That was when we had three networks. We have six hundred now, and if I want to see Paul Newman in a movie, I don’t have to go out. And so the game has changed.”
He’s got a point and things might change in the future, but word of advice Kiefer: Don’t bet your friend on it.