A release date and director for the new theatrical adaptation of The A-Team have both been confirmed, AllHipHop.com has learned.
The new movie, due out June 12, 2009 will be directed by John Singleton, who has directed movies like Boyz n The Hood, Four Brothers, Baby Boy, Shaft and others.
The storyline of the popular 1980s TV series will be slightly updated to reflect the times. One definite change will be the backgrounds of the lead characters.
According to reports, writers Michael Brandt and Derek Haas have revamped the plot, transforming Hannibal, B.A. Baracus, Faceman, and Murdock from Vietnam Vets to veterans of the first Gulf War.
No casting announcements have been made, though rapper Ice Cube, who starred in Boyz n The Hood, has stated that he would be interested in taking Mr. T’s legendary role, if Singleton was on board.
The A-Team debuted NBC in 1983, and remains a fan favorite, known for it’s exaggerated use of violence and easily resolved plot lines.
Created by Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell, the show followed the adventures of four ex-Army Special Forces working as mercenaries for hire, while running from the military for a “crime they didn’t commit.”