The following article takes place between 4:00 P.M. and like 4:15, 4:20…depending on how much of a rant I go off on.
Here’s a riddle for you. When does a period of eight days last nearly a decade? If you’ve read the headline of this article, you can probably figure out the answer. From 2001 to 2010, 24 was a monstrous hit series on Fox, gripping viewers with its innovative premise, which emanated that trademark “This is all happening right now!” feeling. It’s the kind of show that hooks you on concept alone, and then maintains just enough excitement to keep you tuning in until it’s ready to unplug the clock. And we all thought that time had come—but wrong we were. 24 is not yet over. It just hit the snooze. The show is back. Only this time…it’s a MOVIE.
Yes, the movie thing has been tossed around for some time now, but it’s actually heading into production fairly soon. This coming spring is the intended date to begin the film adaptation, starring, of course, Kiefer Sutherland (the mild-mannered Hollywood actor secret identity of real-life superhero Jack Bauer). Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, upcoming Jack the Giant Killer, Total Recall and The Wolverine) will be writing the script, which is expected to near completion just in time for the New Year.
So here’s the thing. 24 really banked on the thrill of its unique real-time sensation. In that light, shouldn’t a movie version also embrace this pinnacle of 24-dom? The problem with that: in order for a 24 movie to reproduce this aspect of the 24 TV show, it would have to be a 24-hour film. But let’s just take a step back for a second. Is that (a day-long single piece of cinema…no splitting it up into sequels, this is just one movie) something to which any of us are really opposed? It’s worth the venture artistically. And maybe 24 is the perfect project to pioneer this endeavor.
With that said, I am starting the “Make the 24 Movie 24 Hours Long” movement. It’s not particularly cleverly titled, but neither is 24. All who wish to represent the spirit of the movement are asked to do day-long sit in protests outside of movie studios, digital clock stores, or Keifer Sutherland’s favorite delicatessans. We can make this happen!
I’ve had some time to think about this, and I’ve come to realize that a day-long movie would be a terrible idea. Stop sitting in. Stop disrupting the capital of meat peddlers. Just celebrate the fact that a 24 movie is on its way! It may not be a full day, but it’s something. Something that we’ll all be able to enjoy. In time.