Kiefer Sutherland Says '24' Movie Is Only 9K Hours Away

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Kiefer Sutherland may have played a no-nonsense, highly effective operative in the cult series "24," but his ability to take this hit to the big screen remains uncertain.

Just yesterday, good old Jack Bauer dropped by "The View" and told the ladies at the table that the much anticipated "24" movie will release in 2012.

Color us surprised.

While it's true that only a few months ago, Sutherland said that he remains committed to taking the drama to the silver screen and that he hoped to begin production within a year, it's also true that—as of now—it has no script. And no director. And no start date.

Hmm.

According to Entertainment Weekly, scribe Billy Ray (who wrote "State of Play") took a shot, but ultimately Fox nixed his script.

Sutherland now says that the studio has been working with director/ producer Tony Scott (of "The Good Wife" fame) to revive the project, adding, "Billy did a fantastic job and there are aspects of that story [that will remain]."

So, though Sutherland "couldn't be more thrilled," we'll hold off celebrating until this dream seems closer to reality.