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'24' movie delayed -- UPDATE

Despite star Kiefer Sutherland’s hopes that the 24 movie would begin shooting next month, no amount of Jack Bauer beatdowns can get the seemingly cursed production off the ground, according to TheWrap. Production on the long-awaited big-screen version of the addictive TV show has been pushed back to 2013. UPDATE: Per a rep at Fox, the film has not been delayed to 2013. In fact, there is still no set date for filming to begin on this next installment, period. They are still working on scheduling and other logistics.

Sutherland recently said as much to Jay Leno, when he told The Tonight Show host that the script (written by 24 scribe Howard Gordon and The Hunger Games‘ Billy Ray) was all systems go and that scheduling had become the biggest stumbling block. Add budget negotiations and Sutherland’s reported salary demands to the mix, and you’ve got a non-starter.

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Will Jack Bauer ever make it to the big screen?

Worries about the budget and timetable has prompted 20th Century Fox to postpone production on a 24 movie this year. The film that would feature Kiefer Sutherland reprising his beloved Jack Bauer character was set to commence this month, but the actor reportedly balked at his $1 million pay-day, according to Deadline.

Apparently, the studio would like to keep the budget at roughly $30 million, while Sutherland and Producer Brian Grazer were hoping for something north of $45 million.

The film still doesn’t have a director. The script from Billy Ray (State of Play) and Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) is complete.

A year ago this month, Sutherland told the women of The View that the 24 movie would come out this year. Sutherland is currently starring in the new Fox drama Touch but the show was set to go on hiatus next month — which would have given the actor time to start the movie.

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