I know people complain about sequels/remakes because it’s a pretty easy thing to pile on. But, as long as the business plan works for Hollywood (and it’s been working for the past 70 years) they’re going to keep doing it.
If you’re going to go this route then the best thing to do is hire a solid director, likeable cast, and give audiences a reason to watch. We won’t know if this is what 20th Century Fox has done for the latest incarnation of The A-Team until it’s released on June 11, 2010.
But what we do know is that Joe Carnahan is an excellent director — having released an absurdly enjoyable slam-bang action picture in Smoking Aces and one of the better cop movies of the last 20 years with Narc.
If he can find a way to merge the absurd action of the former with the gritty realism of the latter then we could have something decent on our hands with The A-Team — especially given the cast involved: Liam Neeson as John “Hannibal” Smith, Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, Sharlto Copley as Capt. “Howling Mad” Murdock, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as Sgt. “B.A.” Baracus, Jessica Biel as an Army general pursuing the team (okay that’s about as believable as Denise Richards as a nuclear physist in Bond) and Patrick Wilson as a CIA operative.
The two unknowns will be the performance of Rampage Jackson (I would’ve gone with Common) and if Biel can be believable as an Army General (too young).