’24′ Movie Hires Writer, Sends Jack to Europe

by | February 9, 2010 at 11:44 AM | 24, TV News

Is Jack Bauer Ready for the Big-Screen? (Fox)

Is Jack Bauer Ready for the Big-Screen? (Fox)

How does one yell “Drop it!” en Français? We soon may find out, now that Twentieth Century Fox has hired a screenwriter to bring ‘24‘ to the big screen.

Billy Ray, whose credits include ‘State of Play’ and ‘Flightplan,’ has been tapped to pen a ’24′ film script that sends Jack Bauer packing for Europe, Variety reports. Series star Kiefer Sutherland is high on the international-flavored concept and would be among the film’s producers.

“What excites me about the idea of doing the ’24′ film is that it would be a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day, so we would not be restricted by the time limits,” Sutherland told EW.com last month. “If we did a film, it would be very feasible to get from Eastern Europe to England in the course of a 24-hour period [using] planes, trains, automobiles, things that we’ve never been able to do before.”

‘24′: Could This Be Jack’s Last Bad Day?

The biggest obstacle facing a ’24′ film is, ironically-slash-fittingly, time. The Fox series still being in production prevents the necessary manpower from being available to service a big-screen effort.

Sources tell Variety that Fox is waiting to scrutinize this week’s ratings before making a decision on a Season 9 pick-up. But even if Fox does, as expected, “break up” with Jack, studio 20th Century Fox TV could ostensibly shop the action-drama to other networks.