Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Neeson, Cooper and Fox Love it When a Plan Comes Together

Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper are in negotiations with 20th Century Fox to join a movie adaptation of the 1980s TV show The A-Team.

Neeson -- fresh off his success in the action flick Taken -- would play Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, a role originated for television by George Peppard. Cooper, who costars in this week's #1 movie The Hangover, would play Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck. Peck was orignally played by Dirk Benedict, also known for his role as Starbuck on the original Battlestar Galactica.

Casting for the roles of Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock (first played by Dwight Schultz) and the iconic role of Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus (originated by Mr. T) has not yet been announced.

According to reports, the studio and writers are staying true to the basic premise of the TV series -- "a crack commando unit," having escaped from prison after being wrongly convicted by the military of a crime they didn't commit, help the innocent while surviving as soldiers of fortune. The tone of the team's adventures will be more serious on the big screen however, with "a tone closer to those of Mission: Impossible and Ocean's Eleven." [Variety]

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