Sad news for fans of the Kiefer Sutherland terrorist-busting TV show “24.” The man who was attached to direct big screen version of the show, Antoine Fuqua, makes it sound like the door has closed on the project. During an interview for his new movie, “Olympus Has Fallen,” Indiewire asked the director about the film.
“Yeah, that’s not happening,” Fuqua says, “I don’t think it’s gonna happen at all, definitely not with me.” According to Fuqua, Sutherland was interested in the movie, and Fox wanted to make it happen. However, it sounds like a deal just never came together. “I don’t think [Sutherland] was able to get a proper agreement with Fox,” he says.
Even without the “24” project, Fuqua isn’t hurting for work. With “Olympus Has Fallen” in theaters March 22, he next expects to work on boxing drama “Southpaw,” which has been rumored to star Eminem. Fuqua is also still hoping to make his Tupac Shakur biopic. He says the movie is fully funded, but there are problems with the script. “It was announced too soon,” he explains. Somewhere down the road, Fuqua also plans to make a Miles Davis biopic, with Don Cheadle starring, though a deal isn’t in place yet.
Fans of “24” likely aren’t willing to give up on the movie. If we’ve learned anything this week, it’s that proposed movie versions of television shows never go away forever. Isn’t that right, “Veronica Mars?”