'24' Movie Is Dead Says Director Antoine Fuqua

Plus the 'Olympus Has Fallen' director offers updates on his Tupac Shakur biopic, Miles Davis biopic, the boxing drama 'Southpaw' and more.
The 24 movie is dead, according to director Antoine Fuqua
The 24 movie is dead, according to director Antoine Fuqua
Director Antoine Fuqua, who has been doing press for his latest movie, Olympus Has Fallen, has revealed that the 24 movie is not going to happen, and that the project is dead.

One year ago, we reported that Fox had indefinitely delayed the 24 movie, which at one time had Antoine Fuqua set as the front runner to direct. Here's what the filmmaker had to say about the project.

"Yeah, that's not happening. I don't think it's gonna happen at all, definitely not with me. I met with Kiefer [Sutherland], Fox wanted to do it, it was a matter of his schedule before he went off to do his new show [Touch]."


It was rumored that there were issues with the budget, and that Fox gave Kiefer Sutherland a rather low offer to star in the big-screen continuation of the hit Fox series 24. While Antoine Fuqua wouldn't exactly confirm those rumors, he believes a deal was never solidified between Kiefer Sutherland and the studio.

"I don't think he was able to get a proper agreement with Fox. The time just passed, and I went off to go to what I was doing."


The director also spoke about Southpaw, the boxing project that DreamWorks acquired in 2010 for Eminem to star in. While the filmmaker didn't confirm whether or not the rapper is still attached, he did reveal that the project is now at The Weinstein Company.

"Southpaw was with DreamWorks, that's when I got the job. Then Em had to go do his music, so we paused it for awhile. I have a great passion for that project, and I met with [Steven] Spielberg about it, and I loved it. The timing of that didn't work up. And I spoke with Harvey Weinstein, and he loved it from the beginning. So I said, let's do it. So he went over and talked to them, and Harvey has it now. We're looking at different casts and I'm looking to be doing that at the end of the summer."


The filmmaker also spoke about his Tupac Shakur biopic Tupac, that is still in the very early stages of development.

"It was announced too soon. I have a deal for Tupac, but the script is not there yet, and its being worked on. Somehow someone started talking about it, it got out there and went crazy, but it was always a situation of, let's make sure we have a great script, and get it right. (The story focuses on) the last few days, that trip from LA to Vegas, and where his head was during that journey."


He is also attached to direct an untitled biopic of famed singer Miles Davis, which has Don Cheadle attached to star. However, they are having difficulties securing financing at this point.

"Don's a good friend and we talk about it all the time. It's funny when these things get announced, because I'm attached to it, I wanna do it with Don, but there's no written deals. We're trying to figure out where the money's coming from. It's been surprisingly tough to get the money together to do the Miles Davis story. I love Miles Davis, I love Don, how could you not want to make that if you're serious about making movies?"


The filmmaker revealed he is also attached to make the Chinese epic The Tang Dynasty, set in 8th Century China that he compares to Gladiator.

"Now it's in their system, they have to go through the government. That project is a big epic movie, and they have money, and I'm sort of at the mercy of that process. The goal initially was to get the Tupac script together, because that was a smaller movie, and then I would go to China because it's gonna take time to prep that movie, sixteen to twenty weeks to prep that movie. It's costumes, big battle scenes, recreating the dynasty. Like Gladiator but in China. We've talked about doing it in the Chinese language. It's tricky, because at one point we thought, we'd do Chinese language and at some point it dissolves into English. But you've gotta get great Chinese actors. I've been there with Chow Yun-Fat [on The Replacement Killers] -- you get the best out of them when they're in their element."

24 is in development and stars Kiefer Sutherland, Benjamin Bratt, William Devane, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Kim Raver, Erik Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, Michael Wincott. The film is directed by Jon Cassar.



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Comments (13)

  1. CelluloidDreams

    Hmmm ok...I could care less!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  2. Xenon

    I don't like Touch it seemed boring to me.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  3. Xenon

    Not a big deal with me - I do love the show it's just, it was trying to be more than what it was reaching for, in the end I was pleased of how it ended.
    I still call it: The American Bond

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  4. LordFolken

    I'm a Jack Bauer and 24 fan, and I'm sad and happy at the same time for this news. I'm sad because I wanted to watch a big epilogue to the tv series. But I'm happy because 24 was too epic, that I think it's better to let it die with all that good stories they told us around 8 seasons (well, season 6 was not too good :-P)

    1 year agoby @LordFolkenFlag

  5. skywise

    @john-m I was just thinking the same thing.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  6. John M

    The only the that really got my attention was the film set during The Tang Dynasty. Sound does sound interesting and hope it gets made.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  7. Corey W.

    I think they've waited too long now. Guess that's all, folks.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  8. Dan

    Well f*ck a duck.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  9. LuxoIII

    Really enjoyed 24 when it was in its prime, but they missed the window.

    1 year agoby @brady1138Flag

  10. SherlockHolmes2009

    Didnt really care for a 24 movie but I look forward to Eminem being in Southpaw and I definetly look forward to him doing the Tupac film, I want that one done as soon as possible

    1 year agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  11. ejk1

    I wasn't really looking forward to this anyway, so it doesn't bother me.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. ROFLitschristian

    At this point it might as well be. 24's come and gone. Let it die.

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

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