John Singleton has exited 20th Century Fox’s big screen adaptation of the A-Team. Apparently the project, which has gone through a number of rewrites, is still not ready for prime time. Fox believes they need more time to develop the script, but Singleton is moving on. We no final draft, no director, and no announced cast, I wouldn’t expect to see this film anytime soon. The film was originally set to hit theaters in June 2009, but won’t likely see release until a year later at earliest. Personally, I’ve always been under the theory that the A-Team television series is all the A-Team we need. I for one hope this project falls down into the deep depths of development hell.
Other Fox release changes include: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel moving to Christmas 2009, pushing the Dwayne Johnson family comedy Tooth Fairy to November 13th 2009, and Christopher Columbus’ teen comedy I Love You Beth Cooper will now hit theaters on Jult 31st, instead of February 13th 2009.
If anyone out there knows Mr. T, please go check on him to make sure he hasn’t jumped off a bridge wearing his signature 700 pounds of fake gold. The Teddy Ruxpin of American gangstas, Ice Cube, hopes to play mohawked soldier of fortune B.A. Baracus in John Singleton‘s The A-Team. While we’re updating The A-Team, why not change the meaning of Baracus’ acronymic initials from “Bad Attitude” to either: “Bad Actor” or “Baby Accident”? The bankable star of the Are Weâ€¦Yet franchise explained why his “flavor” is best for the role to Blackfilm.com.
“Hell yeah, especially with John Singleton directing! …I wouldn’t try to duplicate what Mr. T did, but I will have the same impact on you when you were little watching the TV show. I’m going to bring my own flavor to it and I am going to do the mohawk.”
Laughably, he goes on to say that while the role can’t be classified as a “dream come true” per se, it’s a good way to earn a paycheck.
“They want me to do it if all the business works out right. I was a fan as a kid and that would be, not a dream come true, but it’s definitely a good thing to do and I would put it on my resume for sure.”
But I think we all know that the real reason Ice Cube wants this role. He wants to be known as Mr. T, thus finally sabotaging the similar identity of rapper-actor Ice T. Isn’t it great to live in a world where David Cross writes a 1,700 word manifesto justifying any guilt over his contribution to Alvin and the Chipmunks, while seconds ago Ice Cube probably sent a three word “Wassup with Alvin 2?” text message to his agent? I think so.