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Kiefer Sutherland Talks About "24" the Movie

By Fred Topel

Kiefer Sutherland Photo

Kiefer Sutherland, the star of "24."

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Fans are getting ready to start the next day-long movie quality TV season of 24, but also eagerly anticipating the 24 movie in the works. As he kept secrets about the upcoming sixth season of the show, Kiefer Sutherland suggested a lot to be excited about regarding the 24 film, to be shot this coming summer.

What can you tell us about the 24 film?
“It’s something that we really, really want to make. 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.”

What gives you the confidence that it’ll work without the real time format?
“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.”

Will at least the first hour be real time then the second hour not, like was reported?
“In the film, no. I think probably the opposite. I think the film will really be a 2-hour representation of a 24 hour day. In answer to your timeline question, there will be a timeline. It just will not be in real time. You might not have read wrong. Someone might have reported it wrong.”

Will the movie fit within the timeframe with the TV show?
“It will be outside of the TV show.”

Before or after?
“That is the writers’ option. They’re working on it now and in all fairness, I’ve heard rough ideas kind of in every direction. But the thing that I’m most excited about that is that we’re going to make it within the context of still running the show. 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.”

Are you working on anything else?
“There’s a couple things that I’ve heard from other writers. We started this production company that’s with Fox and there’s a couple things we’re very excited about in that area. But we’re in the process of just kind of getting that on its feet. This summer was the first summer that I didn’t take a film. I really wanted to take some time, anchor myself and I really wanted to focus. I think every year we’ve always noticed the first four episodes get more difficult to really make those work, and I wanted to work with Jon Cassar and the writers as much as they were available so that we would really have as much a head start as we could when we started filming.”

Is there a type of project you’d like to do?
“It really is what strikes my fancy at the time. I’ve been really fortunate over the course of my career to be able to have a lot of different opportunities. Why I would choose a film like Dark City was really my mood that week, and why I would then go choose to do The Glass Menagerie for six months was another mood. It’s generally whatever I start to think I got a shot at doing well.”

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