Fox’s hit show “24″ is presently in its eighth season, still chugging along nicely (minus the Katee Sackhoff story line) with the real-time conceit that it uses to jack up the intensity in the fictitious saga of Jack Bauer’s battle against terrorism. And now, with talk of the present season being the last, Fox is turning its attention to making the franchise into a feature film.
Twentieth Century Fox’s film and TV studios are conspiring to finally bring hit television series “24″ to the bigscreen. The film side has hired scribe Billy Ray (“State of Play,” “Flightplan”) to pen the script for the feature version. Ray’s pitch, which takes Jack Bauer to Europe, was a hit with Fox execs and producers of the high-concept television series…
The allure of spinning a popular TV series into a bigscreen film is hard to ignore for studio execs, since there is a built-in audience and brand awareness; “24″ has also been a mammoth hit for the studio in foreign markets, which suggests that a feature adaptation would travel well. [Variety]
As much as the phrases “built-in audience” and “brand awareness” make me want to nut-punch someone with an MBA, I can’t help but admit that I like the real-time concept better for a movie than for a TV show. As successful as the TV series is, I always have a hard time swallowing that more people aren’t sleeping between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. I’ve gone a full day without sleep many times in my life, and I can assure you that by hour number 24 it’s much more likely that I’m hallucinating than I am stopping a terrorist plot. But then, I probably do more peyote than Jack Bauer.
I want more like this!
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