However, things didn't come together and Singleton left the project due to "creative differences." It looks now that The A-Team is actually set to go into production this June - and behind the wheel is Joe Carnahan (Narc) directing and Tony and Ridley Scott producing.
Now that's exciting!
Talent fascists 20th Century Fox want the film released on June 11, 2010 so they'd better be on the ball and ready to roll soon.
The current script by Skip Woods (G.I Joe) will be tweaked by Brian Bloom and Carnahan. Instead of being Vietnam vets, The A-Team will have conducted their tour of duty in the Middle East. Carnahan says:
"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."
Carnahan doesn't have much luck getting films off the ground. Over the past few years he's developed Mission: Impossible 3, Bunny Lake Is Missing, Killing Pablo and White Jazz to no avail - so it's easy to see why he jumped on a project that's already moving. Carnahan went on to say:
"It's an interesting time in Hollywood, and you have to be aware when you get the opportunity to step into a business model that is working. This was a coveted property, and reimagining a show that I remembered as a kid was tough to turn down. Fox hired me to make it as emotional, real and accessible as possible without cheesing it up."
Now that the Scott boys are on producing duties and with Carnahan directing it looks like The-A Team will be a stylish and action-packed piece of cinema. The field is also wide open for casting due to the type of talent that the Scotts attract, and don't forget that Carnahan's Smokin' Aces was also a pretty starry affair.
So I'll ask it once again - who is your ideal A-Team?
The A-Team opens June 11, 2010