But according to the Hollywood Reporter, the long-rumored movie looks like it will actually happen, and will serve as a a season 7 prequel, with the movie coming out this fall to lead into the 7th season, much delayed because of the writers strike.
Apparently there is a 2 year gap between season 6 and 7.
Having heard rumors of the movie, I wondered if the movie would come out after season 5, dealing with Bauer's escape from a Chinese prison. In fact, I've been convinced that a film version would tell a story that could not be told in a 24 hour time frame, and to me this meant a trans-Atlantic flight.
So even watching Season 6 I thought a film treatment might involve Jack going to China to save Audrey Raines, but obviously that's not a possibility either.
It makes me wonder who will be president in the film version. President Wayne Palmer (DB Woodside), VP Noah Daniels (Powers Boothe), or will season 7 President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) already be in office?
I hope it's President Daniels because Powers Boothe is a great actor with such an interesting character, but I have a feeling it will be Wayne Palmer because the Palmer family is a big part of the 24-story line. (In season 6 Wayne wore a wedding ring, but it was never clear who his wife was...perhaps this will show up in a film version?)
It's sad to think of certain CTU employees who have passed away that will not be able to make it on the big screen. If the film has different formatting then the show, there could be flashback sequences, but generally I don't care for flashback sequences, so I will have to live with some favorite characters not making the movie.
Yet, there are certain characters who are still alive in the story line but have not been in the television show in recent seasons, namely I'm thinking of Elisa Cutberth (Kim Bauer-Edmunds) and James Badge Dale (Chase Edmunds). I would love for Kim to be a part of the movie, just as long as she's not getting caught in cougar traps.
Of course, I hope 24: The Movie, assuming it happens, is great. I scratch my head a little and wonder, why make a movie? And I hope it's not just about the opportunity to make $8 off of me by getting me to go to the movie theaters to watch Keifer Sutherland's traumatizing and sleepless life story play out.