A movie based on the popular Fox series 24 was in discussions for quite some time, and came very close to happening. But after 8 seasons, it just couldn't get itself off the ground. Kiefer Sutherland was hungry to return and finish off Jack Bauer's story, and that eventually happened with a miniseries that aired this past summer. Now, Kiefer Sutherland believes the character has been officially retired, and doesn't see himself coming back for the movie as originally planned, or even a second miniseries.

"Me, I don't see going back to it. We had set out to do 12 episodes [of Live Another Day] to end the show and deal with some of the past history of the show. It was also an irresistible opportunity to go shoot in England. So for all of those reasons it made sense to do that last season."

In his interview with Telegraph UK, he didn't completely rule out the possibility that Jack Bauer would return some time time in the distant future.

"I think I said the same thing at the end of Season 8. So I would hate to be held to that."

After 24 ended in 2010, a movie was often talked about. It was in pre-production for many years, with a script written. It just couldn't get itself in front of cameras for a variety of reasons. 24: Live Another Day eventually took the place of the movie and aired for 12 episodes, ending its run this past July. Shortly after it ended, executive producer Jon Cassar claimed a movie was still being planned. As of now, nothing has been confirmed by the studio. During the run of the miniseries, Kiefer Sutherland seemed slightly optimistic about a movie happening, calling it an 'ongoing situation'. While this looks like the end of Jack Bauer for now, its possible we may seem him resurrected in the next couple of years.

B. Alan Orange at Movieweb
B. Alan Orange