07/03/2012 04:14 GMT | Updated 07/03/2012 04:16 GMT

Kiefer Sutherland Says 24 Movie Needs To Find A Director

Kiefer Sutherland has revealed he's "cautiously optimistic" that filming will begin on the movie adaptation of 24 this spring.

The actor said the script for the big-screen version of the hit series is ready to go, but producers are up against the clock in the hunt for a director.

"We've got a script that we're very excited about, we're looking for directors right now," he said.

Sutherland, who has returned to television with new drama series Touch, said he hopes to shoot the film after shooting on the show's first series wraps.

"We're trying to do this as quickly as possible so we're ready to shoot in May because there's a very small window between when I finish Touch and when I would start up again," he explained.

"So it's a juggling act right now, but I'm still cautiously optimistic."

:: Kiefer Sutherland's new TV drama Touch will launch on Sky 1 and Sky 1 HD later this month.