Monday, April 10, 2006
"24: The Movie" Is Dead?
Kiefer Sutherland signed a multi-pronged deal with Fox that will make him an executive producer on 24 and commits him to three more seasons. (Fox has already picked up the show for Day Six. Sutherland will be around for day seven and eight assuming they pick them up as well.) The pact is priced at around $40 million, which the Hollywood Reporter says would make Sutherland the highest paid actor in a drama.Since he's committing to 72 episodes, that makes it slightly more than $500,000 an episode, very good money but not near the heights that sitcom stars make, even though their work week is much easier. And no other actor on a drama has a bigger paycheck? I guess that's the problem with being part of an ensemble on Desperate Housewives, Lost, et al. There are so many paychecks, no individual actor can score big. But the most telling part of the deal is what's NOT included: there's no mention of a feature film. Maybe everyone came to their senses and realized doing a film as well as the series would be overkill and why mess with a good thing.