Jack Bauer is not a patient man.

Fans of “24” were thrilled to hear series star Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer) tell the entertainment TV show “Extra” last week that filming of the highly anticipated film version of the series would likely begin as early as December. “It’s something we’re very excited about,” Sutherland said. “It’s a very difficult thing to take something you’ve done for eight years, almost 200 episodes, and try to find a story that’s going to be unique and yet service the history of the show as well.”

Hooray!

But – wait…

Responding to Sutherland’s comments, a publicist for Fox tempered the enthusiasm.

“Unfortunately, Kiefer is overly optimistic,” the source told The Hollywood Reporter. “The project is still in development, with no director attached. All the other details have been reported.”

Are you still excited for a “24” film?