While the original was poised to launch a new franchise, where why The A-Team 2 didn't move ahead. The A-Team is a classic action series from the 1980s that starred George Peppard, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, and Mr. T as an elite Special Forces unit. The foursome are framed for a crime they didn't commit and go on the run, and each episode found them helping out people in need against various criminals and villains. The show was famous for its catchphrases, action sequences, gadgets and the fact that in spite of constant gunfire and explosions, it had little in the way of fatalities.
The A-Team came to an end after five seasons and ranks alongside the likes of Miami Vice as an iconic 1980s TV show. An A-Team movie spent years in development hell, with director John Singleton once signed on, who had Woody Harrelson (Zombieland: Double Tap) in mind for Murdock an Ice Cube for B.A. Joe Carnahan eventually stepped behind the camera, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley playing Hannibal, Face, B.A. and Murdock respectively. It was released in 2010 to a mildly positive response, with the consensus being it was a fun but forgettable blockbuster.
The film was meant to kick off a series but here's why The A-Team 2 was canceled.
The A-Team Movie Underperformed
Despite its name cast and blockbuster status The A-Team didn't do great numbers. The budget was an estimated $110 million but it made less than $80 million domestically. Factoring in home video sales and international box-office it made roughly $220 million in total, but considering marketing and other costs, it was a definitive financial disappointment.
The Cast And Director Quickly Ruled Out An A-Team 2
The crew behind the movie wasted no time pretending The A-Team 2 was still coming after its release. Joe Carnahan stated the movie didn't make enough to justify another, which Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson would mirror in later interviews. Little is known about the plot for a potential sequel, other than the original movie ending with a tease Jon Hamm's (Good Omens) Agent Lynch would be a major threat.
An A-Team TV Reboot Was Announced In 2015
While there's been no sign of life on a new movie, in 2015 Deadline reported The A-Team was being rebooted for a new show. Chris Morgan (The Fast & The Furious) was set to produce this new version, which would have featured some female members on the team as they actively tried to clear their names and uncover a conspiracy.
There's been no real news on this reboot since it was announced, so it may not be happening anymore. While Joe Carnahan's movie has its fans, The A-Team 2 is very unlikely to be revived at this point.