A-Team Movie Nearing A Reality

“In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.”

a-team-picHas there ever been a better premise for a TV show? The A-Team worked because it was exciting (at least to a little kid), silly, and perfectly cast. Could you find two actors as disparate as George Peppard and Mr. T? Doubtful, but the characters really played to the strength of the actors and made for five very memorable seasons.

I first heard about a possible movie back in 1997 or 98, when information like this would have been some secret buried treasure. At that time the cast was rumored to be Mel Gibson as Hannibal, Ving Rhames as B.A., and Jim Carrey as Murdock (and wasn’t Murdock really the inspiration for Ace Ventura?). Those rumors persisted for years, but nothing ever came of them.

Now it looks like things are getting serious. Joe Carnahan has been hired to direct the big-screen adaptation, with Ridley and Tony Scott producing.

Joe Carnahan. Tony Scott. I can’t help but get the feeling that this will be an over-the-top action extravaganza full of explosions, bullets, and dead bodies. What makes The A-Team (not to be confused with the A-Teens) was that is was kind of campy, pretty ridiculous, and distinctly lacking in dead bodies. Carnahan wants to “make it as emotional, real and accessible as possible,” meaning not really like the show.

I’m evisioning a fairly generic, stylish buddy action movie with only the names of the movie, the soldiers of fortune premise, and possibly the character’s names tying it to the TV show. The one thing going for the movie is that the creator of the TV show, Stephen J. Cannell, is also producing. But if he wants to keep things more in line with the TV show, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be able to pull rank on either of the Brothers Scott.

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