New 'A-Team' Image & Director Interview [Updated]

Sharlto Copley as Murdock along with A-Team co-stars

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!):

The A-Team clips

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 :P ...

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.”

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.

The A-Team Headshots

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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