The Hollywood trades are reporting that Fox has assembled the behind-the-camera team for the feature film remake of the popular 1980s TV series, The A-Team. Joe (Smokin’ Aces) Carnahan is now set to direct (replacing John Singleton) with Ridley Scott producing. Fox plans to start shooting this June from a script by Skip Woods (G.I.Joe) with the film slated to debut in June of 2010. These are all changes from the originally planned A-Team feature, which was to release this June (see "A-Team Movie Set").
The script updates the origins of the unlikely quartet of do-gooder mercenaries from Vietnam to the current Middle East conflicts, but the basic concept of the series and the characters remain the same. Fox is determined to avoid a campy adaptation of a series that was chock full of humor and occasionally strayed into self-parody. Carnahan told Variety: “This was a coveted property, and re-imagining 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.”