Well, it's been on ... and off ... and on ... and off again for many years now. But finally the big-screen version of 'The A-Team' is in production! IMDB.com (a site which I don't always like, as they have many mistakes, particularly on TV shows, and trying to correct it is harder than trying to get B.A. to fly!), gives the rundown of the new movie, being filmed in Vancouver.
The main cast is confirmed as: Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Face, Sharlto Copley as Murdock, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as B.A.
A few weeks ago, The Sun newspaper here in the U.K. announced Rampage as the new B.A., only for it to be reported that this was incorrect. The Sun has a history of jumping the gun and mis-reporting things, but it appears that this time, they were right!
I confess that I'm not that familiar with the cast - other than Neeson from the original 'Darkman' movie. Sharlto Copley is South African, but reportedly will be using an American accent. I wonder if this means Irish Neeson will be performing Hannibal with American drawl too?
Anyway... the first photos are up. I won't directly post them here, as I don't know what kind of copyright they have over them, but I will link to them!
The first shot to emerge was of The A-Team van... see it here. Instantly I noticed that the red stripe on the side is incorrect, it should start going up as soon as it is past the driver's / passenger's door. The back window has some kind of gill which is also incorrect. Other more car (or truck)-avid fans have spotted other inaccuracies with it, and just to look at it, it looks like a cheap knock off. I can't tell if above the paint above the red stripe the paint is metallic grey (the van is often mistaken for being all black!) or if it is just lighting, but either way, I am disappointed that the van doesn't look right. But I'm prepared to forgive them that if they make a decent film. (Also, I wonder if Face will have his Corvette at all?)
The first shot of the main four can be seen here. In fairness, they don't look too bad - Neeson has George Peppard's silver (well, grey at least) hair, and if you look at Murdock, he appears to be clutching a cap (he doesn't seem to be wearing a trademark Murdock t-shirt though). Rampage as B.A. is sitting down with a hat on, so we can't see yet if he has Mr. T's iconic mohawk and jewelry. Is that thing in the background a boat? Maybe something to do with B.A. refusing to fly? Only time will tell!
Also to report is that Jessica Biel is rumored (seemingly confirmed) as ... Amy Allen. Photo seen on previous link, and see more here. I suppose she doesn't look too bad, at least they didn't do a "Jessica Simpson as Daisy Duke" and give her blonde hair!! But the twist is - according to reports - that this version of Amy is an old girlfriend of Face, and is in pursuit of the team. Now, this could possibly mean that, like the original Amy in the Pilot, she is trying to track down the team to hire them, but reports generally seem to indicate that she is somehow trying to capture the team. Does this mean she will replace Lynch / Decker / whoever? Again, we'll have to wait and see!
On the whole, I'm quite excited by what I've seen so far. I just hope it turns out better than 2005's 'The Dukes of Hazzard' - 'Hazzard is one of my favourite ever shows after TAT, but 2005's effort was abysmal. I could write a whole essay on it, but just to say... crude, miscast, and beyond all, a missed opportunity. Hopefully 'The A-Team' will fare better, and instead of being a crude teen movie, will evolve into something exciting, with a cool vibe.
I'm wondering what kind of plot they will go for - although the Military were often shown to be in pursuit of the original Team, few stories revolved merely around the Military. So I'm wondering / hoping that the movie has some 'people in need' for the new Team to help. Also, I'm wondering on the level of the comedy - I hope we get some of that old A-Team humour, especially some B.A. / Murdock moments, but don't want it to be too over-the-top in the comedy stakes (which is why I always felt that Jim Carrey would have been very wrong for the role of Murdock - see previous post).
The movie is scheduled for a July 11th 2010 release, but here in the U.K. seems set to be released on July 30th. Argh - how will I wait those extra days (and avoid spoilers)?!
More updates as information appears. If you know of anything I've missed, please add a comment. But hey folks... after over 20 years away... The A-Team are back!!
UPDATE / EDIT: More photos Here, a really good article - with nice comparisons to the original cast (even if the photo they used is back-to-front!). And it looks like Rampage may have a shaven head, minus the mohwak! It also seems to confirm that in this version, Amy is a General in pursuit of the team. One worrying point is a report that Rampage, as B.A., is seen inside a helicopter - seemingly going against B.A.'s famous refusal to fly. However, I wouldn't read too much into this until more details about the film are known.