Variety reports today that the A-Team movie is going ahead, but “Fox has struggled to find a way to exploit the branded TV show while avoiding the series' campy tone”. But… but… but that’s what made the show so appealing! The campy, cheesiness of it all! Also, “Carnahan and the Scott brothers say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries. The Middle East will replace Vietnam as the place the four did their tour of duty, but Carnahan said the origin story is the jumping-off point.” That all makes sense, since if they were Viet Vets, they’d be using AARP to cover their medical bills ;) But visions of the travesty that was “Miami Vice” still dance in my head. I just wish folks would stop re-imagining (their weasel word for ‘duh, let’s just redo this thing as it worked well two decades ago cuz we can’t think up original ideas’) tv shows into movies.
Wait, wait, I have an idea. ABC is resurrecting “V”, and now Fox is talking A-Team as a movie. Let’s do a TV movie – “The V Team”! Yes, it’s all about a bunch of aliens on another world who have survived some dreadful war, come back home, find metal munching moon mice have devoured their homes and bank accounts, so now travel the planet in a souped-up Winnebago-type vehicle, helping the downtrodden with whatever their problem is. Since the Stargate Atlantis cast is free, I vote that Joe Flanigan play the lead alien, Jason Momoa can be his sidekick (with more dialogue than in SGA), David Hewlett can play the slightly unstable character (since Hewlett can do that soooo well) and Rachel Luttrell can play the real brains behind the team ;)
Yeah, it was a boring day, stuck at work, snow, sleet, rain, now a yard of growing slush… Hmm, maybe this is how people in Hollywood get ideas for shows??? ;)