'24' Movie Update: Kiefer Sutherland May Resume Jack Bauer Power Hour In 2012

Kiefer SutherlandGood news, Jack Bauer fans: the clock is very much still ticking.

"24" enthusiasts have been waiting on the edge of their seats waiting for the Kiefer Sutherland-starring real-time thriller to make its much heralded debut on the big-screen, and now, we've got a time table courtesy of producer Brian Grazer. "Got off the phone Keifer yesterday and we are very excited about producing the 24 movie for next year," Grazer informed his Twitter followers, indicating that the "24" movie is very much on track.

But despite Grazer's assurances, there are several questions we don't know the answer to — like the ones we're asking about past the jump!

The Time Table

Both Kiefer and Grazer are on the record saying that the "24" movie is happening next year, but what exactly does that mean? Will shooting start in 2012 with a release date some time in 2013, or are they actually aiming for release in 2012? If that's the target, then the clock really is ticking — but never let it be said that Jack Bauer doesn't know his way around a time crunch.

Who's Calling The Shots?

If "24" is going before lenses in the near future — and 2012 is most certainly the near future in the wonderful world of Hollywood — then it's probably high time to lock in a director, isn't it? Early rumors pegged Tony Scott for the job, but nothing has been officially confirmed. Personally speaking, I'd love to see longtime "24" director Jon Cassar behind the camera, but his relatively low-profile name — not to mention the fact that he was uninvolved with the show's final season — might push him out of the running.

Jack's Back, But Who Else?

Is this going to be two hours of non-stop Bauer power, or can we count on some old faces to make appearances? It's hard to imagine a "24" movie without the infuriating Chloe O'Brian in some capacity, and who would say no to a cameo from the indestructible Tony Almeida? Still, there's an argument to be made for Kiefer shaking off his small-screen baggage and starting over with a fresh new cast in the "24" movie. But which version would you prefer — a film that calls back to the original series' continuity, or something that looks forward without looking back?

Tell us what you're looking forward to from the "24" movie in the comments section and on Twitter!