The executive producer of “24” hopes this Sunday’s made-for- TV “24” movie inspires Fox to OK a feature film based on the show.
“I would look at [the TV movie] as a dry run for a theatrical release,” said the producer, Howard Gordon, show runner on the Fox action series.
A feature film built around the swashbuckling lead character – tough-as-nails terrorist fighter Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) – has long been talked about by the show’s producers.
Gordon thinks it could become a reality if this Sunday’s standalone TV movie, “24: Redemption,” scores big numbers and then proves popular on DVD.
“Depending on how well the DVD sells, and how high the ratings are, I think that would be an indicator to the feature film department about what the business prospects for a potential film might be,” Gordon told The Post in a phone interview.
The movie, filmed over three weeks in South Africa last spring, finds Bauer in a fictional African country where he helps a former colleague battle a rebel army. “We really did this on a television budget [and] it looks spectacular,” Gordon said.
The movie is designed as a prequel to the upcoming seventh season of “24” set to start in January.