By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Back in March of 2008 20th Century Fox was so confident of their upcoming adaptation of The A-Team that they promised a June 2009 theatrical release. With no production as yet, it comes as no surprise that Fox is now looking to summer 2010. No exact date just yet, but at least this time the studio has their creative talent ready in hand.
The A-Team Gets Carnahan and Scott
20th Century Fox has picked up Joe Carnahan to direct and Ridley Scott to produce The A-Team; Tony Scott will exec produce. To make the film more authentic, Stephen J. Cannell has also been brought onboard to produce; the dude who created the original TV series.
The studio also has a script by scribe Skip Woods, but Carnahan and Brian Bloom will have to make it production ready. Already experiencing a bumpy road with A-Team -- John Singleton, who was originally supposed to helm, dropped out some time back -- Fox has it in mind to get production up and running by June. With Joe and Ridley onboard, the production is getting a fresh restart.
"Tony and I feel that marrying this Scott Free project with Joe’s sensibility will result in a fast-paced, exciting franchise, one we hope will be around for years to come," Scott said.
Carnahan and the Scott brothers say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. If you missed the show on TV, the series followed four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.
For the sake of making the film more contemporary, Carnahan will throw out Vietnam for somewhere in the Middle East.
"You can ... make a film that reflects on the real world without losing the great sense of fun and the velocity of action in a classic summer popcorn film," Carnahan said.
While Carnahan was pushing hard for his Pablo Escobar film, Killing Pablo, this project has been put on hold indefinitely.