Kiefer Sutherland recently told Digital Spy that he had hoped to reprise his role as counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer during a break from filming his new TV drama Touch in April.
Deadline reports that backers Fox have refused to give the 24 movie spinoff the green light, believing that Sutherland did not have enough time to complete the movie during Touch's hiatus between seasons.
Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day and Shooter, was reportedly being lined up to direct the 24 movie before it suffered its latest delay.
Billy Ray and Mark Bomback's script is said to be designed to play out over three films, kick-starting a potential action movie franchise for Fox to rival the Die Hard series.
Brian Grazer and Sutherland are still on board to produce the 24 movie through Imagine Entertainment.
Watch Kiefer Sutherland discuss the 24 movie with Digital Spy below: