'24' movie in limbo after script gets 86'd

kiefer-sutherland5-24-320.jpgThe prospects for a "24" feature film have gotten a little darker with the rejection of a script for the movie.

A movie based on the FOX show, which ended in May after eight seasons, was in the works at 20th Century Fox. But Howard Gordon, who executive produced the series, now says that the studio has thrown out a script written by "State of Play" and "Shattered Glass" scribe Billy Ray.

"As far as I know, it is in suspended animation," Gordon tells EW. "There is talk about re-approaching it. I understand [director] Tony Scott is meeting with Kiefer [Sutherland] to talk about ideas."

The project is still alive -- "People are still talking about it," Gordon says -- but the setback means that at the very least, fans will have to wait a while longer to see Sutherland take up Jack Bauer again.

Gordon says he's "disappointed" that 20th Century Fox decided to toss out the script -- which would have flowed out of the events of the show's final season -- but he tells EW he still thinks the movie will get made.

"Anecdotally, I've heard from people who are really missing the show," he says, "and I do think there is more life in Jack Bauer."
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