Despite initially looking dead in the water, the possibility of a movie adaptation of '24' has gathered pace in recent weeks with Imagine Entertainment kicking around ideas for a feature. 

Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland promoting '24: Live Another Day' in London [Getty/Anthony Harvey]

According to sources who spoke with, executives appear to have been buoyed by the positive buzz surrounding the 24: Live Another Day revival and hope to green-light a movie. Imagine Chairman Brian Grazer is said to be particularly keen on the idea, which is yet to be pitched to 20th Century Fox.

Last fall, Kiefer Sutherland - the star of 24 - maintained that a movie adaptation was still a distinct possibility.

"The film's an on-going situation," he said. "There's always an opportunity to do that."

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Any movement on a movie will be complicated given the Fox television network will almst certainly want to go ahead with a new 24 miniseries.

"I loved this year's season of 24," Fox Networks Group Chairman CEO Peter Rice said in July. "I've always been a fan. We haven't had a specific conversation about it coming back yet, but I'm sure we will in the future. It's a wonderful franchise. When you look at the show itself, it has many more stories to tell. I think we need to sit down and talk to the creators."

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The revived TV series was a hit with fans and critics alike.

"No matter what, the show returns with the same sense of modern-day paranoia and urgency that fueled its best seasons, and however over-the-top it goes, its real-world geopolitical concerns are real-world geopolitical concerns," said Tom Long of the Detroit News.

"The revived 24 is still instantly involving and packed with a dizzying rush of suspenseful crescendos. The new Jack, meanwhile, is the same as the old Jack, which is to say he flips the bird in the face of terror and squirms his way out of major messes like a gun-toting Houdini--all while managing to make a man purse look good," said Chuck Barney of the San Jose Mercury News.