20th Century Fox has closed a deal with Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow to move forward on the 24 feature film.

The Kiefer Sutherland real-time thriller will be written by the show's creators, Surnow and Cochran and most likely star Kiefer as CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) Agent, Jack Bauer. Variety reports plans call for the movie will abandon the real-time counter which will allow much greater plot possibilities, opening up scenarios not possible on a show where all the action takes place in one day; chief on the list is international travel, possibly London.

Surnow and Cochran will finalize the full script following the 6th season of 24 which will begin in January, 2007. The plot will begin at the end of that season and set up for the 7th; however, the film is not expected to be tied too heavily to the show's mythology and alienate non-fans.

Look for the 24 movie to begin production next spring and hit theaters in late 2007.