Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit television show 24, recently spoke about the upcoming film adaptation of the show, and maintains that it is coming together well.
“It’s something that we really, really want to make”, Sutherland said. “The real key difference would be that the 24 hour film would be a 2-hour representation of a 24 hour day. It would be the first thing that we didn’t do in real time. Mainly, you have to understand, we’re making two episodes every three weeks. We would have three months to make a two hour [movie]. Just to have that kind of time to really allow our cinematographer and our director and the writers to focus on such a finite thing, and actually be able to do a film that really has a conclusion, I think would be really exciting not only for us to make but I think for an audience as well.”
Of course as previously mentioned, the movie won’t use the real-time format of the series. Sutherland isn’t too concerned that audiences will have a problem with that, however.
“Because I think after five years and specifically when we go to shoot it after six years, the characters have been even more defined. I think that the sensibility of the show is really entrenched. The audience that it would be going after really understands those characters and has a certain expectation, and we will do everything we can to meet that.”
Plans right now are to do the film and show concurrently. However, those who may not be fans of the show will still be able to watch the movie and enjoy it.
Says Sutherland, “Everybody compares it to X-Files the movie, except with X-Files the movie, the show was done – or at least he was done with it – at that point. I actually believe that the film and the show can actually coexist and for quite some time. I think once that starts to happen, the dynamic between television and film will really change in a major way.”