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While promoting his latest action movie, the White House under siege thriller Olympus Has Fallen, director Antoine Fuqua has proven to be quite the multi-tasker. Amid teasing potential projects like Southpaw, and his passion project biopic of Tupac Shakur, the Training Day helmer sank the hopes of 24 fans across the country by declaring its movie adaption dead in the water.
It was nearly a year ago that we last heard any news on the 24 movie. At the time, announced budget tinkering was pushing back the film's production start date, again. Recently, The Playlist spoke with Fuqua about the long-delayed project, and he could not have been clearer. He's out. It's dead. He explains:
“Yeah, that’s not happening. I don’t think it’s gonna' happen at all, definitely not with me. I met with Kiefer [Sutherland], Fox wanted to do it, it was a matter of his schedule before he went off to do his new show [Touch]….I don’t think he was able to get a proper agreement with Fox. The time just passed, and I went off to go to what I was doing.”
So Fuqua is unequivocally off the project. However, since he is off it, there is a chance he is not up on whatever the latest developments on the project might be. There's a chance-- a slim chance-- that like its often down but never out hero, the 24 movie could rise again. Of course, as more and more time passes between the final episode that aired nearly three years ago, the less likely Fox will be in pursuing this project.
For one thing, the show's star is getting older, making him a less appealing/likely action star. Sutherland's also moved on to another series, which is currently awaiting news on its third season. And lastly, the more time passes, the more people are likely to forget the passion they once had for the acclaimed action series. In the end, Fuqua might be dead on; Jack Bauer may officially be retired.