Kiefer Sutherland could appear as Jack Bauer on cinema screens (Fox)

It appears a 24 film is back in the offing following Jack Bauer's triumphant return to television earlier this year.

Four years ago when Jack bid us what we thought was a final goodbye from our TV screens, talk immediately turned to a 24 movie. That persisted until 2013, when Fox announced that the show would be returning to the small screen with a miniseries revival.

That miniseries was 24: Live Another Day which, with the help of returning cast members Keifer Sutherland and Mary Lynn Rajskub, as well as newcomer Yvonne Strahovski, was a big success.

A tenth series seemed inevitable but now TV Line are reporting that a film is back in the works.

TV Line say that they have "learned exclusively that talks to bring Jack Bauer to the big screen have quietly gathered steam in recent weeks".

According to their sources, production company Imagine Entertainment is said to be kicking around a new idea for a film, with chairman Brian Glazer particularly keen to make it happen.

Jack's return was a successful one, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a film could still work. The shorter order of episodes helped the show tell a tight and exciting story, providing one of the show's best stints in years – perhaps ever.

A movie may well work, but 24 as a miniseries is still fresh and seems a safer option than immediately jumping toward a big-screen adventure.

This wouldn't be the first movie based on 24. In 2008, Fox released 24: Redemption - a TV movie, which served as a prequel to the franchise's seventh season. Redemption met with praise from critics and fans.