Is The A-Team About To Be Cubed?

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Icecuber Is The A Team About To Be Cubed?I don’t know why I’m always writing about The A-Team, I’m not a huge fan, but I did love it as a kid, and therefore I really do want the film to be good. It’s a fantastic concept and I think that if done correctly we might have a really good franchise on our hands. I’m thinking the Ocean’s films – with guns. Lots of guns.

However, I’m worried that the film is going the wrong way in terms of tone and script. The recent script review that I read doesn’t have much connection to the show and I feel that John Singleton isn’t a great choice for a director. I don’t hate the guy – but he isn’t exactly known for his directorial flair and vision.

With Singleton’s recent signing comes news from Blackfilm that Ice Cube is in negotiations to star as the iconic B.A Baracus.

This isn’t shocking news, Cube’s name has been mentioned before in relation to the film, and he has worked with Singleton in the past; on Boyz n the Hood.

He’s not a bad choice, but he’s no Mr T. I’ve always hoped for Michael Clarke Duncan starring as the gold loving soldier of fortune, but hey… you can’t have everything.

It sounds more or less like a done deal, with Blackfilm quoting Cube as saying:

“They want me to do it if all the business works out right. I was a fan as a kid and that would be, not a dream come true, but it’s definitely a good thing to do and I would put it on my resume for sure.”

When asked what he would bring to the role he said:

“I wouldn’t try to duplicate what Mr. T did, but I will have the same impact on you as when you were little watching the TV show. I’m going to bring my own flavor to it and I am going to do the mohawk.”

At least he appears to be a fan of the show, although it could just be the sound of the marketing machine starting up.

The start date for filming isn’t known yet, but it sounds like the film is moving forward at a steady pace.


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  1. Looking at that image, he looks like he could totally play the part. :-)


  2. Thanks for putting this up Vic, I was a huge fan of The A Team, still am I guess.! Really felt they could have started this film franchise when the show went off the air but anyway…
    (IMO, from what I’ve heard of the script) I think this production is BLOWING a great opportunity to re-connect the old A Teamers with a new young group.
    The only actor that’s dead is George Peppard,
    They could write a story about how the remaining memebers while visiting Hannabels gravesite get involved with another group of A-Team Marines say from Iraq that are accused of some crime they didn’t commit. They could be running the story on tv and the A Team see it and
    get involved.

    They sense that destiny has brought them out of retirement one last time together its what Hannabil would have wanted.
    (At this point BA has gotten over his fear of flying by ((insert funny reason here)) ,..

    So they set out to help this new A Team clear there name or die trying.

    Of course there could be a secondary plotline as well. Maybe to bring out a hot female character. The A Team always had one. Thell need 2 this time.
    (Insert cool finale here)…
    ( I’m not going to do all the work)
    But that more or less would have been my outline.
    I love those actors and I don’t want to see them thrown out.
    You (studios), think I’m going to pay money to see Ice Cube play MrT?
    All save you 150 million. “No”
    This auto-reboot trend is truly disgusting in so many creative ways.
    Try to be more creative out there in your script selections.
    In the long run you’ll make more money too.
    And that all you care about anyway!

  3. I hate it when a plan falls apart.

  4. Physically, Michael Clark Duncan or Michael Jai White would make a better BA but Ice Cube has that atitude and facial expression that would make it work. I also think Ice Cube is one darn good rapper actor, second only to Will Smith.

  5. And probably Ice Cube can say “Foo!”, “Sucka!” and all those other B.A. lingo much better than Michael Clark Duncan or Michael Jai White. But Ice Cube should workout to make him convincingly “helluva tough”, just like how B.A. was supposed to be, and there should be scenes of B.A. grabbing some suckas by the collar or belt and throwing them around.

  6. I totally agree Liz. I know each major film studio, Paramount, sony, Wb, Universal and Fox all have divisions within them that do nothing but plan the next tv remake.
    I believe there are 2 main reasons for this …
    1st, They reap the benifits of re-interest in their old shows, Get Smart, Dukes of Hazzard. You notice how remasted dvd sets of the tv shows come out the same time the film comes out. Easy money for the studios and they also select films that have the least left alive stars and and writers, so they don’t have to pay rolyaties.

    Reason 2, these films are made real cheap and with unseasoned writers and directors.
    This way the studios don’t have to cut them in on producer bonuses etc. Its also considered like the minor leagues of film. A training ground for newbees.
    Its all about the money. The creatitvity is there but its cutback on to make easy money on these reboots.

  7. I know it will make money just on the novelty factor, but what is with Hollywood’s deplorable habit of exploiting old shows – shows that worked in their context, in their time – and trying to update them into movies? The Dukes of Hazzard was a horrible disaster, but I don’t think anyone learned from it. Which isn’t to say The A-Team won’t surprise me, but I don’t really have all that much faith.