By Gabe Toro | The Playlist January 22, 2011 at 2:39AM
Sometimes Hollywood is like a magical genie: if you talk about a project enough times, it will get a greenlight, simply because people interpret "talking about" to be "buzz" and "anticipation" which, somewhere down the line, is supposed to equal dollars. So this sudden chatter regarding a "24" movie might be doing the TV adaptation a favor, as it recently hit a roadblock with Fox rejecting a script from "Flightplan" and "Breach" scribe Billy Ray.
Of course, this bad news was the most anyone has said about a "24" movie in about a year, so it certainly got the attention of star Kiefer Sutherland, who told the vapid suckboxes over at Extra that the movie was in fact eight months away from shooting. Of course, Sutherland's excitement over his own movie franchise may be a case of irrational exuberance, as two anonymous employees of the possible maybe likely kinda sorta production have confirmed that Fox has no end-of-year plans to shoot, and are currently still meeting with writers for a whole new pitch.
Of course, these sources also report that Sutherland is not misinformed, and that he has been meeting with other writers for a new "24" draft, which remains "a priority for the studio and the producers." Which means: we have now discussed a "24" movie to the point where it looks like we (and a possible lone wolf in the comments section) are excited for a "24" movie. Fox wins. Damn you, Fox, you always win.