Kiefer Sutherland has been on a quest for the past two decades.
Beyond the Emmy and Golden Globe he's received for playing Jack Bauer on Fox's acclaimed action series "24," more than the attention he's received for his roles in such films as "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "A Time to Kill" (1996), what Sutherland has been hungering for is a meaty script that he and his father, actor Donald Sutherland, can really sink their teeth into. And now, with his optioning of Lucinda Franks' best-selling memoir "My Father's Secret War," it seems he's found it.
"We're very excited about 'My Father's Secret War,'" Kiefer Sutherland says of the story, which puts the spotlight on Franks' philandering father who, in his youth, worked as a secret agent behind enemy lines during World War II.
"We're hoping to get that off the ground -- physically shooting it within a year and a half to two years -- after '24' is finished.
"It's a fitting project for the actor, who's already looking at life beyond "24," which begins its seventh season in January (Season 8 is also in the works).
With its story of spies and intrigue, the book, which will be adapted by screenwriter Nicholas Meyer ("Elegy"), should fit Kiefer Sutherland like a glove.
More importantly, it gives the Sutherlands the chance to work together. "I really wanted to have that kind of an opportunity to do something with my father," Sutherland says. "'My Father's Secret War' represents 20 years of looking for the right material."