Every time it seems like the Hollywood trend of remaking television shows into films is going to die out, we end up with a dozen more. According to Variety, the latest is 1980's series "The A-Team," which is getting a big screen remake from Fox Studios with an eye to turning it into an action film franchise. Joe Carnahan ("Smoking Aces") is attached to direct, with Ridley and Tony Scott producing.
In the original show, four Vietnam vets are convicted of armed robbery and escape from military prison to become mercenaries with hearts of gold. Carnahan and the Scott brothers plan to use the original premise, but swap Vietnam for 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 ... Fox hired me to make it as emotional, real and accessible as possible without cheesing it up." Carnahan said.
Fox has struggled to bring the series to the big screen for years, unable to find a way to avoid the series' campy humor. Various names have come and gone, the latest being John Singleton ("Four Brothers"), who recently dropped out and was replaced by Carnahan.
The helmer will be teaming with new writer Brian Bloom, who will polish Skip Wood's original script. The studio intends to have production underway by June, and is planning for a June 11, 2010 release date. Watch this space to find out exactly who makes the A-Team.
Readers, are you fed up with the tv-shows-to-movies trend? Or "The A-Team" promising enough to overcome the trend and failed attempts? Who would you like to see as a do-good mercenary?