The struggle to bring Fox’s hit spy drama “24” to the big screen has hit another snag, with Deadline.com reporting that the project has been postponed until next year.
According to the report, the movie hadn’t officially been greenlighted but was scheduled to get under way later this month, with Kiefer Sutherland to join the project when his new series “Touch” goes on hiatus in April. However, budget issues apparently remain unresolved.
Deadline’s Mike Fleming reports: “Word is racing around agency circles that Kiefer Sutherland was not only unhappy about the pic’s postponement, but also what I’d heard was a $1 million offer to play Jack Bauer in a deal that was heavily back-loaded to reward success. Insiders said that Sutherland would have gotten at least $2 million, though that was below his original $5 million and then $3 million ask. Fox wanted a budget around $30 million, while the filmmakers wanted $45 million to $60 million.”
The studio reportedly had been zeroing in on Antoine Fuqua to direct the movie. Sutherland is said to be eager to reprise his Jack Bauer role and was set to jump into it as soon as “Touch” took its break.
The report adds: “The studio felt there wasn’t enough time to pull the picture off in seven weeks of prep. The studio was following its experience with ‘X-Files,’ a TV property turned into a hit film, but made at a cautious budget."