"24" Finale Airs; Can "24: The Movie" Be Far Behind?

Actor Kiefer Sutherland arrives at the "24" Season 7 finale screening and panel discussion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.
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Kiefer Sutherland on Tuesday, May 12, 2009. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (CBS) The Fox TV drama series "24" has ended, but Jack Bauer, its main character who has cheated death more times than one can count, still lives.

That can only mean that "24: The Movie" is in the works.

Following the show's bloody two-hour finale on Monday night, fans began looking forward to the film version, reportedly due out in 2012. Details have been sketchy at best, perhaps to keep interest high in the TV show.

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Executive producer Howard Gordon and star Kiefer Sutherland announced in March that a movie was planned. At the same time, they announced the end of the TV show, which has been on the air since November 2001.

Its debut delayed by the events of 9/11, "24" has had plotlines taken straight from the headlines and sparked discussions over such topics as the response to terrorism, use of torture and nuclear arms proliferation.

The show has earned the 43-year-old Sutherland an Emmy nomination for every year, save one, since 2002. He won the award in 2006. He also has earned Golden Globe and SAG awards for the role.