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A-Team Movie Update
New writer to help plan come together

04 September 2006  |  Written by   

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The big screen version of The A-Team has gone back to the drawing board, series creator Stephen J Cannell has revealed to Empire. Bruce Feristein, an American writer who penned three of the four Brosnan Bond movies including Goldeneye, was drafted in to write the movie in 2004, but Cannell says a new script is about to be penned by a new writer.

Speaking exclusively to Empire, he said the new script will replace the half-dozen or so which have been written to date. "We were working on a script for a few years but I didn't like it so it's been thrown out," he said."We’ve gone through a lot of scripts that we haven’t been happy with for one reason or another.
We had one script writer who had never even watched the show! The studio was adament about employing him but he just took the title and began to write anything he wanted, completely departing from the original show. The studio didn’t like it and neither did I."

Although the identity of the new writer and details of the plot are unconfirmed, Cannell, who will be producing the film, has made no secret of the fact the 80s cult show will be updated for the new millennium. "I want to create it as taking place today. So the Gulf War could be a great angle. In the original, the A-Team were on the run after robbing a bank under orders just as the war ended. In this, maybe the four would raid Saddam Hussein’s bank or whatever."

But how will it better the chemistry of the original quartet of George Peppard (Hannibal), Mr T (BA Baracus), Dwight Schultz (Murdock) and Dirk Benedict (Faceman)? "I would like the original cast to play a part - to have their input into the movie and to star in cameo roles. As for who will play the new roles, I think Bruce Willis would make a good Hannibal!

"But I think the show needs retuning. I don’t know if BA can say ‘I pity the fool’ because that is so Mr T but Hannibal will certainly be saying, ‘I love it when a plan comes together.’ Little things like that will get a big laugh."

A release date has yet to be proposed but don’t expect to see the movie before 2008.

Story by David Crookes

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Bruce willis would make a good hannibal, michael clarke duncan or kimbo slice for BA, Jim carrey or jonny depp for murdoch and Bradley Cooper, matthew mcconaughey or pierrce brosnon for face More

Posted by Zero_cool at 14:34 on 15 June 2009 | Report This Post

A-YEAM CAST
A TEAM KURT RUSSEL FOR HANNABLE QUINTIN TARATINO AS MURDOCH VING RYMES AS BA AND CLOONEY OR PITT AS FACE More

Posted by KIELYCUG at 17:31 on 25 September 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Luke Wilson as Face that's f#*(*# perfect !!!!
Brandon Routh as Face p; That's not a half bad idea, shouldn't be too hideously expensive, a good opportunity to do another big movie before the Supes sequel and hopefully head off any typecasting too.   The Rock as BA could work, again, he can't be that pricey in movie star terms.   Some daft tart off an OC/Dawson's Creek type show to play Amy for minimum wage.   Leaves enough budget to get Sam Jackson and Buscemi and a decent big name villain and then a shit load More

Posted by Base at 10:17 on 06 September 2006 | Report This Post

Luke Wilson as Face that's f#*(*# perfect !!!!
Right on Bond!!! More

Posted by kobayashiMaru at 01:00 on 06 September 2006 | Report This Post

a -team
jim carrey as murdoch,ving rhaymes as ba,i like the idea of brandon routh as face,as for hannibal ,how about jack nicholson More

Posted by paulmitchell at 19:22 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

A-team
Can`t wait. If Cannell says all the above will be in it, then great, I think Bruce Willis would make an excellent Hannibal More

Posted by gazza1611 at 18:42 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

Columbo??????
who the fuck would want to make a columbo movie!!!!!! taht be like making a touch of frost the movie! (pointless and probably a bollocks film!) I just think this is gonna end up being charlie's angels with a bunch of blokes and some gay jokes thrown in for the hell of it! More

Posted by clarkkent at 18:13 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

clooney, marky mark, ice cube and spike jone... oh hang on. More

Posted by sparkles at 16:45 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Casting options
Brendon Frasier 5 years ago was Face but is too old now as is Brad Pitt and Marky Mark isn't pretty enough. Hugh Jackman???   We're thinking too many big names - the budget would go on salaries and not enough on cars rolling over and Lawnmowers turned into tanks   Budget A-Team: Hannibal; Michael Keaton (Think Ray Nicolette from out of sight) Face; Brandon Routh (needs a job) Murdoch; Johnny Knoxville (would do own stunts)  More

Posted by StewieGriffin at 15:32 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

Cast list for A Team
Bruce Willis as Hanninbal, Luke Wilson as Face, Michael Clark Duncan as B.A and Seaan William Scott as Murdock More

Posted by Bond at 15:20 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

Casting options
I think Bruce Willis would do a good job as Hannibal. Would have to agree it's tailor made for Clooney or Mel Gibson although he's kinda stuffed right now and Clooney has sort of done this already with Ocean's Eleven. I'd throw in Sean William Scott and The Rock as Murdoch and BA Barraccus, they were awesome together in The Rundown. Not sure who'd make a good FaceMan that's a tough one as Benedict so owned that role. Mark Wahlberg comes to mind More

Posted by kobayashiMaru at 13:51 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: fukin yeah
Brad Pitt is in it, he should be playing Murdoch (watch 12 Monkeys, you'll understand)!!!  But Steve Buscemi is still a better choice!!!   Brendan Frasier should play Face...! More

Posted by Base at 13:01 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: fukin yeah
L: danbo1138 murdock=will farell h look - someone's committed a nightmare of mine to text. More

Posted by jeemer at 12:14 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

WE LOVE THE A-TEAM!
Sorry about that! Me and a few guys at work have been saying for ages the perfect casting would be Clooney for Hannibal, Ving Rhames for BA, Pitt for Face and Jim Carrey for Murdock with possibly Sandra Bullock for Amy! Can't wait for this! More

Posted by boostergold at 11:28 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Next Stop - Columbo!
Ha ha ha ha! Nice one. Seriously, though. If any of the Hollywood re-make monkeys so much as LOOKS at Columbo, I'll kill them. More

Posted by The Jackal at 11:27 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

WE LOVE THE A-TEAM!
M More

Posted by boostergold at 11:19 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

80s remake
I think a big screen Airwolf would be the business!! More

Posted by jakey_jedi at 09:54 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

Next Stop - Columbo!
After this and the Sweeney - why not re-imagine Columbo? He could be played by a young hunky A-List actor, it could take place in the present day - he could ditch the raincoat for a sharp suit and it could have a gritty edge and lots of swearing and some huge action set pieces... Muppetry, just so much muppetry.... More

Posted by The Voice of Fate at 09:24 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Concrete Block & Mayor Vaughn p; Sam Jackson as Hannibal & Steve Buscemi as Murdock!   Casting directors ] to be watching this page!!!!  More

Posted by Base at 08:41 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE:
Sam Jackson as Hannibal More

Posted by mayor vaughn at 06:16 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

no doubt this will go into production with some great casting & action sequences, but for me, it just isn't the old show. let's just keep it like that More

Posted by Chaos Engine at 00:57 on 05 September 2006 | Report This Post

steve
There are some crazy fools out there. More

Posted by masher at 23:51 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

"I pity the FOOL"
This picture has "crap movie" written all over it. Did you all see the Dukes of hazard? Charlies angels? Everyone seems convinced that this film will be a jolly star studed romp ala Oceans Eleven, but you know what? that film wasn't that great either, I mean seriously how often do you go back and watch it?(and the less said about Oceans twelve the better !) I personally think the best solution would be to pick a few lesser known actors and make this gritty like The dirty dozen, Send em More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:46 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN...
et's reunite the cast of DONs!t=arial] l - Bruce Willist=arial]Murdock - Steve Buscemit=arial]Faceman - Ben Affleckt=arial]BA - Michael Clarke Duncan t=arial]That Chick Reporter Who Was In The First Season - Liv Tylert=arial]Col. Dekker (BOO!) - Billy Bob Thornton, Will Patton, whatever...t=arial] pe in Chuck Heston to narrate the opening V.O. again!t=arial]"In (ten years before whatever year this remake is gonna be set) a crack commando unit was sent to prison..."t=arial] More

Posted by Concrete Block 15 at 22:18 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: CURE GASTROPARESIS
But if Xzibit was BA the homemade tanks would have a million tv's, big spinny rims and instead of guns... a big hand to pimp slap the baddies More

Posted by badmartin at 22:05 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

CURE GASTROPARESIS
was scrolling through comments on this one- katie 82's casting seems quite cool. would change one- would have christian bale as face. could do will farell as murdoch as weel More

Posted by dan8210 at 21:54 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

CURE GASTROPARESIS
was scrolling through comments on this one- katie 82's casting seems quite cool. would change one- would have christian bale as face. could do will farell as murdoch as weel More

Posted by dan8210 at 21:54 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

CURE GASTROPARESIS
was scrolling through comments on this one- katie 82's casting seems quite cool More

Posted by dan8210 at 21:50 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

My dream cast would be Mel Gibson for Hannibal, Jim Carrey for Murdoch, Tom Cruise for Face and Ving Rhimes for BA but I seriously doubt that would happen. More

Posted by Katie82 at 21:02 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

fukin yeah
ace! hannibal= george clooney face=brad pitt murdock=will farell ba=cube?or an unknown More

Posted by danbo1138 at 19:59 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Cast
Hold tight Rainman!!!! Willis or Gibson as Hannibal (thats 1), Xzibit as BA (thats 2), Carey as Murdock (thats 3) Bale as Face (thats 4), Study the picture, thats the A-Team there are 4 of them. I shouldn't of even replied but ‘I pity the fool’ who can't count More

Posted by badmartin at 19:58 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Cast
L: badmartin Yeah Bruce Willis or maybe Mel Gibson, Xzibit as BA, ey as Murdockristian Bale as face, sp; thats one down! More

Posted by kumar at 19:35 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

My line up.....
Hannibal Smith - Anthony Hopkins. (watch MI:2....) Faceman - Brad Pitt Murdock - Nic Cage (in full crazy mode) BA - Michael Clarke Duncan or Ving Rhames... YES!!! More

Posted by The Jackal at 19:16 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

Michael Clark Duncan!!! More

Posted by CameronJames at 19:00 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

nice idea
clooney as hannibal...smacks of past flops three kings etc...willis as hannibal - he has the smirk! More

Posted by BigBad at 18:57 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

cast idea
not sure bout bruce willis, mayb paul walker for face, ving rhames for b.a, lee evans for murdock? and clooney for hannibal. More

Posted by the saint at 18:36 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

civilian77
This is the movie I have been waiting for since 1987. Now Mr Cannell do me a favour and cast George Clooney as Hannibal, Brad Pitt as Faceman, Will Arnett as Murdock and Ice Cube as BA and we are in business. I'm off now to roll my car in spectacular fashion and walk away with nothing but a mild headache and a loss of my no claims bonus More

Posted by civilian77 at 18:30 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

Cast
Yeah Bruce Willis or maybe Mel Gibson, Xzibit as BA, Jim Carey as Murdock and Christian Bale as face, More

Posted by badmartin at 18:23 on 04 September 2006 | Report This Post

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