’24’ Movie Eyes ‘Wolverine’ Writer, April 2012 Start

The clock’s ticking, “24” fans—and this time, we mean it!

Jack Bauer’s big-screen return has long been in the works, with multiple script drafts turned in and even a director, Tony Scott, attached at one point. But now, at long last, it finally appears as though the legendary CTU agent’s trip to theaters is on the fast track: according to Deadline, the “24” movie could start shooting as early as April 2012.

“Wolverine” and “Shadow Drivers” writer Mark Bomback is the latest talent to tackle the “24” screenplay, Deadline reports, though no directors are currently attached. 20th Century Fox and Imagine Entertainment reportedly have their eyes on five names for the director’s chair, though Scott is no longer attached to the project.

Things are expected to start “happening very quickly in the early part of next year,” so assuming that “24” is finally going forward, we should have some official news on the director and casting front before too much longer, perhaps as soon as this month. Between this news and word of “24: India,” it’s been a good few weeks for those of us who worship at the Church of Bauer — and it looks like the weeks ahead are only getting better.

Now, if only we can get official word on the return of Tony Almeida…

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