Excited 24 fans might have to wait a little bit longer to see their favourite bullet-dodging, roof-jumping FBI agent save the world, because 24: The Movie has been put on hold.

Filming for 24: The Movie was set to begin next month but according to Deadline it has been postponed after a dispute between 20th Century Fox and the film producers regarding the movie’s budget.

Not even invincible Jack Bauer could do anything about it. For the first time, the clock ran out on Jack.

The production was set to begin in just a few weeks when Kiefer Sutherland had a break from filming his current TV show, Touch.

Deadline reported that the film’s producers hoped to make the movie between $45m and $60m, but Fox were far more cautious, hoping to get by on a $30m budget.
Sutherland was only briefly available for filming during his break, which meant that in the absence of an agreement, time was too short to fully prepare.

The political action thriller is set to star Sutherland as CTU agent Jack Bauer, with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) directing the film. The script  – which thankfully isn’t thought to feature the celebrated “real time” narrative device – is set to be penned by Billy Ray (State Of Play).

Sutherland however seemed rather pleased by this edited 24-hour format and told Entertainment Weekly in 2010, “In a two-hour movie representation of the 24 world, you are not required to go scene-by-scene in real time. That’s something I can say I am very excited about.”

Deadline also suggested that 24: The Movie could potentially be made into a trilogy rather than a one off. We’ll keep you updated.

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