• Dec 19, 2007
A post on Jalopnik about a new A-Team movie led us to our sister-site Cinematical, where we found a treasure trove of info on the upcoming gift to cinema. First, the movie's existence has been confirmed by its director John Singleton, who you may recall directed a little movie called Boyz n the Hood. He also directed 2 Fast 2 Furious, so don't get your hopes up just yet. Second, the working script had already been posted online, but unfortunately the studio had it removed. Nevertheless, some details have emerged. In the script, the character of B.A. Baracas Barracus that was originally played by Mr. T in the TV series is described as "22-year-old walking steel with two-percent body fat." Damn. Variety reports that Ice Cube has been rumored as a possibility, but the script would call for Mr. Cube to get some serious liposuction before filming starts. No word on how far casting's progressed for the other characters, but sound off in the comments about which actors you think would fit.

The plot itself, unfortunately, sounds as if it will rival the Knight Rider two-hour television event in February as the most shallow and contrived of the year, with the entire A-Team being cast as Iraq War vets who've been wrongly framed by the government for a crime they didn't commit.

All that said, what's this got to do with cars? Well, the A-Team van is an iconic automobile right up there with KITT, the General Lee, and Lee Major's two-tone beige truck in The Fall Guy (maybe that last one's just me). Will a modern full-size van play the part, or will the movie stay true to its root and use an exact recreation of the 1983 G-series used in the show? There's one already available to do weddings, we here.

[Source: Cinematical, Variety via Jalopnik]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Mr. T is the only one who can play as B.A. NO ONE else.

      shouldn't this be in your movie blog? do you guys even have a movie blog?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just stop it.
      Really.
      Stop.
      If you cannot come up with a new idea, just stop.
      Really.
      Stop.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm completely with you on Lee Major's truck, John. I use to love this show when I was a kid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A Team ("Agence tout risque" in french)

      I never saw any other films so nice since.
      These films were basics but gave me so much fun ...
      Peppards, MrT, Benedict, Dwight Schultz were perfect players ... my favorite was Peppards ...
      I am not sure they will be able to give the same "fun" with other actors ...
      Unfortunately Peppards is dead but why none of the 3 others are not in the new film ?
      A good film is not a film with electronic everywhere ... will somebody at Hollywood (or France, uK, Germany ...) will understand ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here is a poster that I did for the new Movie with the A-TEAM cars C6 corvette & Cayenne:

      http://web.mac.com/q80/f/A-Team.html
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not to be the spelling/grammar police, but did you mean "we hear" at the end?

      "we here" doesn't sound (or look) quite right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man, I loved this show as a kid. It had action, cheesy lines, and usually a hot chick in there somewhere. Where else could you see someone lay down 500 rounds with an automatic weapon, and not hit anybody. Here's hoping they are better marksmen in the feature film.

      As far as the "new" A-Team cast I've got this...

      Murdoch - Dane Cook
      Face - Nathon Fillion
      Hannibal - Bruce Campbell w/ grey hair
      BA - Ving Rhames or Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - I could see either here.

      With that cast, you could afford to acctually have some action and special effects... If you had Clooney, Pitt, and other A-listers, they'd eat up the budget, and you'd see "A-Team the Play" with one set, and no FX. Besides, this show was so campy with extra cheese that there is no way Clooney or Pitt would ever do it. So why not camp it up with Cook, Campbell, and Fillion...

      As far as the vehicle - Bring back the '83 g-van. However, it needs to have dents, rust, and peeling/faded paint. It can't look new or freshly pimped. Infact, it needs to breakdown, and be a total POS, until the climactic ending when they fix it, and weld armor and weapons to it during a musical montage, so they can drive it through a few cinderblock walls to rescue the damsel in distress whilest taking out the baddies with it's new roof-top .50cal turret.



      • 7 Years Ago
      Can't use a sprinter for A-team duty... if it has to be a new vehicle, they I'd say use the newest 2008 E-series Ford Van. They revamped the nose to match the new F-superduty. It's pretty burly looking for a van now, and is certainly more macho looking than the sprinter or current Savannah/Express G-vans from GM.

      After all, if KITT can be a Ford, so can the A-Team's Van.

      Take the new '08 Ford E-series down to www.sportsmobile.com and have them kit out the interior, and install 4x4 with ARB lockers and bullbar bumpers front and rear. Make a real tank out of it. You can really take a full size van to the extreme if your pockets are deep enough.

      Ofcourse the origional was a "street" van, not a 4x4...

      http://images.dealer.com/jato/us/stockphoto/FORD/ECONOLINE%20VAN/2008/4PV.JPG
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope to God they don't use a Chevy van or anything that reminds us of the 80s automotive scene. They should use a Hummer or a big modded Range Rover. Something with a little more menace. Something fast, with big wheels.

      But this is all useless speculation if the new version just downright sucks. I'm sorry, but an A-Team resurrection without Mr. T simply won't be possible.
      • 7 Years Ago
      No MR T? Can they at least get the original Murdock
        • 7 Years Ago
        Surely, if modern pharmaceuticals can propel Sly to another Rambo movie, MR T could step up and take his vitamins.

        If I had to cast people, I'd look to Will Ferrell for the Role of HM Murdock.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The sliding door was too useful to be passed up for standard hinged doors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      JUMP THE SHARK!!!

      Hollywood has long since exhausted all creativity. And any that they can find, they quash.

      Journeman (last episode tonight)
      Jericho
      Firefly

      Just a couple of the good shows that have shown promise that have been summarily cancelled after a season or less.

      Yet they make movies out of A-Team, and revive Knight Rider badly.

      If they MUST revive something old; bring back Airwolf, and don't make it all fuzzy and cuddly. A hardened recluse character for Stringfellow Hawke or successor. Heck Ernest Borgnine might even come back for something like that. There has to be plenty of story line for a ransomed super-chopper to kick some terrorist tail... but that isn't nearly politically correct nor debauched enough for "mainstream" hollywood.

      Everything old is new again, and everything new and halfway decent is cancelled, or likely to be. Great.

      If they cancel Chuck, then I am completely through.
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