While promoting his new Fox series "Touch" -- a supernatural drama about a boy who sees how everyone on Earth is connected through numbers -- Kiefer Sutherland talked about a number that is still very close to his heart: "24."
For nine years, Sutherland played Jack Bauer on the drama series, and a "24" movie has been in the works since the series wrapped.
Sutherland has kept fans in the loop about the continued adventures of Jack Bauer since the series finale in 2010. However, recently, it seems momentum on the film has slowed down, as reports last week stated that 20th Century Fox halted work on the movie amid budget concerns and scheduling conflicts.
But Sutherland is setting the record straight. Since he's busy in production on "Touch" -- where he not only stars, but also serves as executive producer -- it's really just a scheduling issue that stopping production on the "24" film.
But don't worry "24" fans: Sutherland told The Huffington Post that if they can't figure something out for the small window that he does have available, then they'll pick back up again in eight months.
"It's been difficult," said Sutherland. "It's been something that I've wanted to do for a very long time. It's also unbelievably hard to write. We finally got a script that we absolutely love, but there are so many moving parts. There are actors that we want to get that might not be available. We have to find the perfect director. Unfortunately, I have a very finite window because of 'Touch' and other commitments that I have, as do a lot of the other actors and directors, and so we're still trying to get it in this very small window, and if that doesn't happen, then we'll wait eight months, and we'll do it properly. What's most important is that we make the best film possible. The fans definitely deserve that."
As for who will be joining Sutherland in the film, the actor hints that there will definitely be a few fan favorites. "There are a few [familiar faces in the script], but there are quite a few new ones as well."
"Touch" premieres Thursday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET.
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