New ‘A-Team’ Image & Director Interview [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:24 am,

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When the first official trailer for the modern-day movie version of The A-Team appeared online recently, the reaction from fans was mixed.

Some people (including many of Screen Rant‘s readers) thought it looked like a fun, entertaining summer film with a great cast – while others thought it was a disappointment, that the CGI was out of place and that Quinton Jackson as the new B.A. Baracus couldn’t act worth a squat (he comes from the world of UFC not Shakespearean theater, after all).

We got our first proper look at The A-Team with a first official image back in October of last year (see header above). It showcased Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Face, Sharlto Copley’s Murdock and Jackson as B.A. Baracus. Now we have a second official look at the The A-Team, this time in the midst of an action scene with guns-in-hand and  stuff blowing up behind them (as it should be!).

As far as I’m concerned, the pic looks great and only adds to my thoughts that this is going to be one helluva good time at the movie theater this summer.

Take a look at the A-Team image below (Update: click the image for a super high-res version!):

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Pretty sweet, huh? Although I have NO idea why there seems to be the leg of a chair or bed at the right of the photo icon razz New A Team Image & Director Interview [Updated]

On top of that new image, The LA Times also has some info the film provided by director Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces). In the interview (which was conducted on the set of the movie last month in Vancouver), Carnahan talks about the fact that this particular version of The A-Team isn’t exactly what people might remember from the original 1980′s TV show.

Carnahan describes his take as being more like Chris Nolan’s revitalization of the Batman series, as opposed to what movies like Starsky & Hutch and Land of the Lost did recreating their respective TV source material. He says he’s not interested in making, “the easy, breezy Cover Girl version of ‘The A-Team.’” He also reiterated that this new team isn’t a quartet of Vietnam war veterans, but rather a team of covert operatives who ran missions in the most recent Iraq war and, “got hung out to dry for crimes they didn’t commit.”

The A-Team had been gestating for a while, with various different directors attached at different points in time (most notably Boyz N The Hood director, John Singleton). But Carnahan threw out all previous scripts and redrafted the story to start around the time of the impending American troop withdrawal from the Middle East. Carnahan said of the previous scripts:

“I thought they were too slavishly devoted to the TV show… While I like the TV show, I didn’t think it was any great shakes in terms of heavy drama. You could take that story and have it translate into the present day with more success.”

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I know there will be just as many people (fans of the original show) mad at reading that as those who are glad to hear it. In my opinion, this new adaptation has to be exactly that – a new adaptation. Things can’t remain exactly as they were with the original show because they just wouldn’t work if translated word for word, scene for scene. Carnahan explains:

“People are a lot more keen and savvy. If you tried to put that show out today, you wouldn’t get away with what they got away with… I mean, Murdoch for what passed as crazy 25 years ago? It doesn’t hold up. Nowadays, you have Steve-O on ‘Jackass’ strapping on a g-string made out of chicken parts and rappelling over an alligator pit. So you have to reevaluate things like ‘crazy.’”

To finish, Carnahan said something that might get those die hard fans of the show even angrier:

“We’re not making an homage to ‘The A-Team’… We’re taking the base story of four guys wrongfully convicted of a crime, they’re an Alpha Unit, that’s it. THAT’S the point of departure.”

I’m not a die hard A-Team fan so that doesn’t really bother me – but I know die hards are out there, so air your grievances in the comment section below. If you’re like me, tell us why you don’t care about sticking to the original show and why you just want to see a fun action movie with a great cast.

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Or maybe you’re somewhere in between and waiting to see more before you decide which side of this you’re on?

The A-Team is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on June 11th, 2010. Those in the UK will have to wait over a month longer as it hits theaters across the pond on July 30th.

Source: LA Times Hero Complex (thanks to /Film for high-res version of the new image)

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  1. In the seasons of the A-Team they managed to fire 1,234,567,890 rounds of ammunition and had 2 casualties, neither of which were killed by the A-Team IIRC.

    You couldn't sell that as a serious movie today, and the A-Team were a little too spoofy to be successfully spoofed.

    The writers started with the concept and then built it into a more believable premise. Hopefully they won't have too many scenes like the one shooting a plane, from a tank, under a parachute.

    Also, the other thing I liked about the original series was its manliness. Although the PC brigade might like to think that women have to be in everything, the A-Team worked with the interplay of the 4 leads, without needing female interference. Hopefully they don't put too much oestrogen into this take.

  2. I honestly am really loving the sound of it, but I can also understand how it would piss fans off (Hey I was extremely pissed when I saw some of the “changes” made to the universe in the new Star Trek), it seems to me like this movie is more of a giant homage to the 80s mixed in with a bit of stuff to keep it relevant. The one thing that I think that everyone can positively agree on is that we'll probably (speculating here) get a blu-ray re-release of the show to coincide with the movie

  3. I read the director/writer's comments, and his words solidify my thoughts on this movie and some other remake/adaptations. Let me preface this by saying that I grew up watching this series, but that I am by no stretch of the imagination a die hard fan. So, here goes: If the director wanted to make an original film, why the hell didn't he make one? If anything, I think die hard fans probably have a right to be nicked over his comments. It basically says, “Hey, we wanted to mine your childhood for ideas for a movie, because we're too damned lazy to come up with anything original, but we can't be bothered to retain the essence of what the original was about.”

    And I think that come shining through in his last comment.

    “We’re not making an homage to ‘The A-Team’… We’re taking the base story of four guys wrongfully convicted of a crime, they’re an Alpha Unit, that’s it. THAT’S the point of departure.”

    To me, that quote alone just drips with disdain, contempt, and perhaps a challenge to any would be die hards that are out there. I think the studio needs to get this guy's mouth locked down before he alienates the fan base they obviously hoped to have built in.

  4. So much of that picture looks photoshopped too. :( Even worse than the first one!

  5. I am not a die-hard fan of this show, mostly because I wasn't alive when it was on TV, but I have seen many episodes and I really like it. I also agree with the director because that show was somewhat ridiculous, and modern audiences would never accept that. I just wish that Rampage Jackson would wear at least 2 chains and say, “I pity the fool” just once.

  6. Meh, I'm going to see it just because I'm a die-hard fan who sat eating jello every night in front of the TV when it aired.

    I won't have any expectations, but it does look like it will be fun! (And I never said he had to be a Shakespearean actor! Just good – and portray his own good version of Mr. T's B.A. – oh, yeah, and that he doesn't get on an airplane of his own free will…lol)

  7. I became interested in the A-Team mainly by hearing references made in various TV shows, and then, of course, the “Family Guy” A-Team episode. From those things I asked myself, “What the heck is the A-Team?” I've seen a few episodes and thought it was pretty cool. Looking at the trailer I was stoked of the way it was made. While watching the TV show I wondered what changes would be made to accomodate the changing times and figured something with the Iraq War would be a part of it. I think the movie is going to rock. “Dragonball Z” fans were forced to smile and shake their heads in let-down fashion when the live-action “Dragonball” movie was made. I didn't complain too much……fans of the 1980s “A-Team” can do the same. Just take it for what it is.

  8. I became interested in the A-Team mainly by hearing references made in various TV shows, and then, of course, the “Family Guy” A-Team episode. From those things I asked myself, “What the heck is the A-Team?” I've seen a few episodes and thought it was pretty cool. Looking at the trailer I was stoked of the way it was made. While watching the TV show I wondered what changes would be made to accomodate the changing times and figured something with the Iraq War would be a part of it. I think the movie is going to rock. “Dragonball Z” fans were forced to smile and shake their heads in let-down fashion when the live-action “Dragonball” movie was made. I didn't complain too much……fans of the 1980s “A-Team” can do the same. Just take it for what it is.

  9. The A-Team isn't a remake, it is hollwood showing their stupidity(again) and complete disdain for any fans. Just as they did with the movie Sherlock Holmes. Conan Doyle is probably still spinning in his grave.It is a cheap trick, call the movie the A-Team, get fans of the series to come waste money on it, show no respect for the shows stars, or fans. Really, Jessica Biel as an army general.

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