Good morning, Kansas City. One of the things I miss this TV season is Jack Bauer. It’s not 24 so much as I miss Jack Bauer. The show itself had run its course. When it began it was a game changer for TV: a “real time” television show that was able to pump out interesting, compelling and action packed strory lines for eight seasons.
I will admit that 24 truly peaked with season 5, ya know, the one when ol’ President Logan was the bad guy. After that it was all pretty much down hill. In season 6, Jack killed both his brother and his father because they were apparently bad guys. That season should have been dedicated 100% to freeing Jack from the Chinese prison. If FOX doesn’t realize that by now, they are hopeless.
Season 7 featured the return of Tony Almeida from the grave. It was a reach by the writers but not unwelcome. Carlos Bernard was always great in scenes with Kiefer. I liked the idea of Jack, Tony, Chloe and Buchanan working to bring down corruption in the U.S. Goverrnment. But it was all too back and forth. Tony was good in one episode, bad in the next. Jack was dying (again)…and it all just kinda felt flat by the end.
The final season was mostly ridiculous, not bad, but it was clear the writers were writing on fumes and had clearly run out of ideas. So 24 came to an end in May 2010 after 9 years and 8 seasons….remember the show took a full year off because of the writers strike a few years back. There had been talk of 24 moving to NBC, but that proved to be just chatter and the show finally came to an end with Jack once again on the lamb, being hunted by they U.S. Government.
So where does that leave the property now? Even before the show ended, show runner Howard Gordon and executive producer and star Kiefer Sutherland had been saying that Jack would live on to continue the battle against global terrorism in feature films. Considering that the show really struggled to put out a full season of interesting story lines, this is probably the best idea.
Tony Scott, director of such action hits as Unstoppable, Top Gun and True Romance was brought in to over see production and serve as director of the feature film and Billy Ray, writer of Shattered Glass and State of Play, wrote a script of the movie and production was set to begin this year on what was supposed to be the first of many Jack Bauer big screen adventures.
Then FOX did something crazy. They shot down Billy Ray’s script. First of all, who knew anyone at FOX read scripts before they made a movie? Second, where does this leave the status of Jack and Chloe? So far, Tony Scott is still on board the project and he is PERFECT for the the world of 24 and Jack Bauer. Kiefer has been meeting Scott pretty regularly as the two try and come up with a new way to approach the film.
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This may be the best thing that has happened. Rejecting the script doesn’t mean the project is dead. Hopefully it means they are all taking the movie seriously. It would be easy to just slap a script together, add some explosions and a chase for a nuke or to stop an assassination and throw it in theatres. It would probably do well its first weekend then slowly drift out of everyone’s memory. What they need to do is find someone who can write action and suspense and write a good solid political suspense thriller, a good MOVIE not just a good 2 hour big budget episode of the show.
Yesterday, Kiefer told EXTRA that he expects the movie to start shooting in 8-10 months, adding that it’s “…very difficult to take something you’ve done for eight years, almost two hundred episodes and try and find a story that is going to be unique and yet service the history of the show as well.”
Sutherland can next be seen in a 10 part web-series called The Confession. In it, he plays a hit man who engages in a debate with a priest about why his targets deserved their fate. The show, which will be made up of ten 5-7 minute webisodes, is set to debut on Hulu in March.
What do you think, Kansas City? Should Jack Bauer make it to the big screen or are we all fine with that final shot of fugitive Bauer looking up at the camera to Chloe before he once again goes off the grid? Hit me up with a comment below and make sure you check out The Confession.
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