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Update: Entertainment Weekly has learned that the “limited event series” in the works for 24 is actually an order for 13 one-hour episodes. While 24 has always functioned as a 24-hour story spread over 24 episodes, 13 episodes is a full season for a lot of television shows. So it will be interesting to see how developing 24 as a 13-episode limited event series will change the franchise.

Since 2007, we’ve written over three dozen posts on a possible 24 movie. It was something the creators were talking about while the show was still in production. Later it got pushed as an “end of series” theatrical movie. But that never happened, and the series has struggled to get a green light.

Most recently, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua dropped off the project because, according to Fuqua, Kiefer Sutherland‘s busy TV schedule got in the way of it happening. Today we learned that Sutherland’s Fox television show Touch has been cancelled after two seasons. And while this might not have been enough to bring Jack Bauer to the big screen, it may mean a small screen return.

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Paul W.S. Anderson has made so many disasters in his career, it’s about time he made a film about one. (Rimshot) He just started filming Pompeii, a 3D period epic set against the leveling of the titular city from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) stars as a slave who must rush to save his love (Emily Browning), who’s also the daughter of his master (Jared Harris). Now another major name has been added to the list.

Kiefer Sutherland has just joined Pompeii as the villainous Roman senator who originally enslaved Harington’s character. Read more about the film below. Read More »

Since 24 ended in 2010, it feels like we’ve gotten new promises every few months that a movie sequel is really and truly on its way. A screenwriter was hired before the series even ended, putting the project on track to shoot in 2011… which turned into spring 2012… and then spring 2013.

Now we’re in spring 2013, and there still doesn’t seem to have been a whole lot of progress. So it’s unsurprising, if a little disappointing, that director Antoine Fuqua is saying it’s “not happening” at all, or any rate not with him. Hit the jump for more.

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More details emerge on that Boy Meets World sequel, and you may be surprised to learn what Cory’s up to these days. Also after the jump:

  • Christopher Lloyd brings his DeLorean to Raising Hope
  • SpongeBob gets stop-motioned for a holiday special
  • See the sexy first trailer for Starz’ Da Vinci’s Demons
  • James Cameron is producing a climate-change doc
  • Diablo Cody sells a Millenial/GenX comedy to ABC
  • Elementary lands the plum post-Super Bowl slot
  • Luther is getting a third season with four episodes
  • 24‘s Jack and Renee will reunite on Fox’s Touch
  • Fringe sets an early 2013 date for its series finale

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With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. AbramsAlcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.

Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.

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The final episode of 24 was broadcast in May 2010, and not long after we started to hear serious talk about a feature film continuation of the series anchored by Kiefer Sutherland‘s character Jack Bauer. Fox spent a lot of time choosing a screenwriter (Billy Ray eventually scripted, with Mark Bomback polishing) and starting the process of finding a director. A tentative start date was scheduled for the end of this month, timed to coincide with Sutherland’s hiatus from his new series Touch.

But there still is no director — Antoine Fuqua was a recent possible hire — and it now looks like Fox isn’t going to pursue the film until 2013 at least. Read More »

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Lately, it feels like any show with any significant following promises a movie on its way out, whether the series in question was a tragically short-lived critical favorite or a hugely popular hit that went on seasons past its prime. Not all of these proposed projects ever actually make it to the big screen, of course, but today we have some minor updates on two very different projects that seem a little more realistic than some others.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour this weekend, Kiefer Sutherland confirmed what we’ve already heard, that the 24 film was on track to begin shooting this spring. Meanwhile, Megan Mullally confirmed that Party Down was still aiming for a late spring or early summer start, just as Adam Scott said last fall. Read more after the jump.

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Every couple months there seems to be an incremental update on the feature film version of 24. Most of these updates amount to saying that the project isn’t dead yet, but that it isn’t really moving full steam ahead, either.

Now Mark Bomback (Unstoppable, Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall) is about to turn in a new draft that would put Kiefer Sutherland back in the Jack Bauer role, and Deadline says that Fox has a director shortlist with about five names. Yeah, there’s always a director shortlist when a project is at this stage, and even the most notable fact of this update, that Tony Scott is no longer attached and isn’t part of that shortlist, isn’t really a surprise given the fact that his attachment always seemed very loose at best. The site says Kiefer Sutherland is available starting in April 2012, and that’s when Fox wants to shoot the movie. Read More »

After seeing the trailer for Touch, I officially have a new show I’m excited to watch. The latest show from Heroes creator Tim Kring stars Kiefer Sutherland, back on Fox after 24, as the father of a young mute boy who has some kind of superhuman ability to predict the future through patterns in numbers and the universe. It sort of looks like Numbers meets Lost , or Knowing meets The X-Files. Also featuring Danny Glover and Titus Welliver, Touch has already been picked up for at least 13 episodes that will air Spring 2012 and you can get your first look at it after the jump. Read More »