24 Showrunner: Redemption a “dry run” for 24 feature film

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24 Redemption
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24 Redemption

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.

Source NY Post