Jack Bauer is coming to the big screen. Maybe. Seems FOX is mulling cancelling their number 2 scripted program, probably not as much due to declining ratings as to the swelling budget, but that doesn’t mean the franchise is dead at all. Following in the footsteps of X-Files, Jack Bauer’s death on TV will likely lead to a rebirth on the big screen.
Word is that while they mull cancellation of 24, FOX execs are eyeing a feature film pitch from big screen writer Billy Ray. 24 is still past the eight-figure mark in ratings, but nowhere near its peak in either raw numbers or advertising demo. The high-octane action of the franchise, though, is still very much a box office stable and analysts everywhere have long predicted that 24 is one of the most transferrable television properties on the planet.
If a film is done it would likely follow the template that Keifer Sutherland himself laid out years ago: a full 24 hours compressed into two hours of screen time. No matter how you look at it, a big screen Bauer adventure is going to have a radically transformed narrative. The argument could be made that it is this unique narrative device that works so well for 24, but surely the over-top story-telling would fit well outside of the small screen as well. The question is: would Bauer be allowed to torture on the big screen? Let’s hope we know the answer soon.