When a popular TV show ends, it’s not unusual for fans to be promised that a movie will be forthcoming. Sometimes it happens (think Star Trek, for example) but often it doesn’t. Deadwood fans were told movies would happen, but they haven’t. (More’s the pity!)
It’s looking more and more like 24 will actually make it to the big screen. Kiefer Sutherland — excuse me, I mean Jack Bauer — said this past weekend that the movie will begin filming this spring. He added that the movie will pick up about six months after the end of the series and, like the TV show, will follow the characters during one 24-hour period. The plot will involve the scowling, cranky, indomitable Chloe O’Brian, ace computer hacker and one of the most original TV characters ever.
There’s always trepidation when a favorite TV show gets the movie treatment. Sometimes the gist of a TV show gets lost between the small screen and the big screen. Twin Peaks was (for the most part) a great TV show; the movie wasn’t.
Let’s hope that the 24 movie is able to capture the frantic pace, the constant conspiratorial twists, and the rapidly mounting death toll that made the TV show so enjoyable. And who knows? Maybe we’ll get to see something we haven’t seen before — like Jack Bauer coming out of a bathroom.