Kiefer Sutherland Says ’24’ Movie Will Be ‘Like Going Home’

Kiefer Sutherland TCA 2011

Kiefer Sutherland smiles when he talks about anticipating the late-April/early-May start of production on the big-screen “24” movie. “That’s like going home,” he says of getting back into Jack Bauer’s skin.

It’s been more than five years since the “24” team first set its sights on making a feature. Sutherland acknowledges, “That process has taken us so long; it’s such a complicated script to write. Normally, we have 24 hours to tell a story. Trying to condense it into two hours involves a lot of hard choices: What kind of story do you want to tell? How political do you want to make it? How character-driven do you want to make it?”

The star was also was among the notables on hand at Fox’s party at the historic Castle Green Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., where he chatted away gamely and amiably even though a small group of reporters pretty much backed him into a small space behind a grand piano. He elaborated on some of what he talked about at the earlier press conference — including the “24” film.

As far as the answers to all those questions about how political and/or character-driven the big screen “24” will be, he laughed and said, “You’ll have to wait and see it.” He said that several “great actors have expressed interest in (acting in) it, either as an ally or villain.”

Source The National Ledger


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I just hope the 24 movie is like inception (best picture nominee at the 2010 oscars). A movie full of action with a deeply emotional story underneath it. They should make it a character-driven movie with action.

Action scenes need to serve a purpose. And that’s what we want them to do in the 24 movie.

Oh dear, that “…how political…” statement could potentially be a little troubling, if the ’24’ movie is going to have a political aspect to it, I sincerely hope they do it the way it was done in the series, touching on an issue then allowing the audience to make their own mind up, instead of ramming a viewpoint down the audience’s throat!

Both the ‘…Bourne…’ trilogy and even the last Bond movie ‘Quantum of Solace’ had political edges to their scripts, but it never got in the way of the overall narrative. I would hate to see the ’24’ movie finally get made, only to blow it by preaching an overtly partisan agenda to the considerable ’24’ fanbase, a very large percentage of whom happen to be conservative and/or Republican.

All I can say to Kiefer Sutherland is tread carefully and tread lightly, or the upcoming ’24’ movie may well be the last one if the audience gets a whiff of a divisive and partisan one-sided agenda being thrust upon them, but I still live in hope he’s just teasing the press (hopefully)…

Totally agreed @GerryMander

Don’t worry about a political message. Conservatives/Republicans are too retarded to notice anything but guns and explosives. That’s why they love the series despite it being a more liberal message.