James Bond Scribe To Write 'The A-Team'[Tuesday, October 12th, 2004]
James Bond scribe Bruce Feirstein is writing the movie version of popular 1980s television series The A-Team for Fox, according to Variety.
The series, which starred George Peppard and Mr. T, concerned an unofficial team of Vietnam vets wanted by the military for a crime they didn't commit. Their action-packed adventures combined helping the innocent while running from the law.
The new 'A-Team' will be updated from the Vietnam era and reflect contemporary issues and politics. Tone of the film will be less cartoony and more serious, in the vein of 'Die Hard' and 'Lethal Weapon'.
Series creator Stephen J. Cannell will produce the movie. "Not to denigrate the TV show, but nobody ever died," Cannell said. "We drove cars off cliffs and people got out and walked away. We're not going to do that (in the movie). In this the tone is more dangerous -- you can really die. It's very tense and exciting."
Regarding the return of Mr. T, he said. "Mr. T and I had lunch last week, and I'd really like to have him in the movie, although we haven't begun casting," Cannell said. "I always think it's nice to see the stars of the old show in cameo roles in the movie. But obviously he won't be playing B.A. Baracus."
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