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Kiefer Sutherland in a promotional photo for 24. - Provided courtesy of FOX

Kiefer Sutherland says '24' movie in the works, stars in new online series

01/12/2011 by Corinne Heller

Kiefer Sutherland, who played agent Jack Bauer on "24," says a movie based on the spy series is still in the works and has meanwhile landed a new gig - an Internet series that sees him playing a hitman who has some questions regarding religion.

The FOX series "24" ended last May after eight seasons and Sutherland, 44, says he hopes to begin production on a film adaptation within a year, Entertainment Weekly reported.

"24" executive producer Howard Gordon told the Reuters news wire in May 2010 that a first draft of a movie script based on Bauer and the show has been written and a second one is in the works.

Carlo Rota, who played the recovering-alcoholic husband of Chloe O'Brian on "24," told OnTheRedCarpet.com in October: "It's a complicated little animal, the movie. The series was a day, in a season. So you got a movie, now you have two hours. Three maybe. Conceptually speaking, you got a problem, there's a hurdle there."

He said he did not rule out starring in a "24" movie, if he was asked.

Sutherland has been keeping busy since the series ended. He recently filmed a series of 10 five-to-seven-minute webisodes called "The Confession," which sees his character, a hitman, having a theological discussion with a priest about why his victims deserved to die, it said. The show will be posted on Hulu in March.

"Most of that stuff being produced for the internet is comedy, very much like Jackass kind of material, which is great but didn't appeal to me," he told the magazine. "We shot it in the fifth-largest snow storm. It was pretty amazing."

Sutherland is also set to make his Broadway debut in March in a revival of the 1972 play "That Championship Season." It also stars Jason Patric, who was once linked to Sutherland's ex-fiance Julia Roberts, as his character's brother.

The Jason Miller play has won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize and tells of a retired basketball coach, portrayed by Brian Cox, who is reunited with a team of high school players on the anniversary of their winning game.

Sutherland plays one of them, James. Jim Gaffigan, an actor and comedian, plays George, a former basketball player who now an unpopular town mayor. Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big in "Sex and the City," portrays Phil, a former player who is now a millionaire who is suspected of carrying on an affair with George's wife.

Patric, who starred with Sutherland in the 1987 vampire film "The Lost Boys," has been cast as James' brother Tom, a cynical and alcoholic writer. Patric was romantically linked to Roberts days after she canceled her 1991 wedding to Sutherland following a relationship that lasted at least a year.

Check out the interview with Carlo Rota talking about the "24" movie project below.

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