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24 Shuts Down Production for Kiefer Sutherland Surgery; 24 Film In Development

20th Century Fox has temporarily shut down production on 24 so that Kiefer Sutherland can undergo surgery related to a ruptured cyst near his kidney.  Production is expected to resume in a week:

“While Kiefer Sutherland is frustrated to miss even one day of work, he and Fox decided together that it would be best to complete this minor elective procedure now as a precaution as opposed to six weeks from now when production wraps. He looks forward to returning to work next week.”

Earlier in the week, 20th Century Fox announced they are teaming with the TV side to bring the series to the bigscreen, hiring Bill Ray (State of Play) to pen the script.

Insiders cautioned that a “24” feature is still very much in the preliminary stages. There are a number of factors influencing how quickly it moves ahead, including the fate of the TV show.

Fox doesn’t have a deal for a ninth season of “24” and hasn’t yet decided whether to order another season. Insiders said the network is waiting to see this week’s ratings before making a decision, but the betting is that this season will be the final one.

Even if Fox winds up passing on another year of “24,” 20th Century Fox TV could shop the show to other nets. In that case, a feature might have to take a back seat.

Sources: LA Times & Variety