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Description: Singleton to do 'The A-Team' for the big screen.

Source: Latino Review -

December 14, 2007

While promoting the DVD release of 'Illegal Tender', in which he produced, John Singleton has confirmed what Latino Review had posted earlier; that he will be directing a big screen version of TV series, 'The A-Team'.
At the same time, he also confirmed that he will NOT be directing 'Executive Order: Six' as previously reported by trade reports.

According to the site, The film has been in development for years, but only now is it finally gaining momentum.

The TV-Show, which ran from 1983-87 and 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.

Stephen J. Cannell, who created the show, will produce the movie with Spike Seldin. Mark Silvestri will exec produce. Alex Young will oversee the pic at Fox.

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."

Not to long along Cannell did share some info on the project; "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."

Cannell also said he hopes to attract old and new fans alike, but ultimately the film has to stand on its own.

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