John Singleton talks A-Team
John Singleton was cornered just before the announcement came that he was going to be directing the A-Team film, and he revealed a little about his vision, why he signed up, and most of all who his favourite choices would be for some characters.
One of his closing comments suggests that the studio might like to make this a franchise.
During the interview John Singleton says that anyone signing up to the film would have to sign for sequels because:
"...cause we want to make sure we have some type of movie that really just goes for a number of films."
In the discussion he says that this would be a homage to eighties action films, but that it would not just appeal to the eighties fans but also a modern audience too.
"It’s not a comic movie farce like Starsky and Hutch, it’s kind of in the tradition of the 80’s action pictures, the man’s movies like Die Hard, Predator, Commando, or even Lethal Weapon – more so than anything else. The action is very serious, but there is humor. That’s what we are going for...It’s kind of like what they did with the Bourne movies – no nonsense but with a humor, with action. You know what I mean, wall to wall kicking ass and talking [crap]"
He also talks about the script and why he signed on:
"The script is done, the guys who re-wrote it made 3:10 to Yuma happen wrote it. That’s why I signed on, the guys Michael Brandt and Derek Haas wrote the script, a new draft of it, they did 3:10 to Yuma and 2 Fast 2 Furious with me, so that’s why I signed on to it."
Now that's good news too, from what he's sayinig it sounds like this isn't going to be some cheap and nasty remake of an eighties classic, this is starting to sound pretty interesting. Okay, no more holding you back, here's the biggie. While talking about the film and the casting he mentions a few things about B.A. Baracus, and then who he would like to play Murdock, and this one is a corker.
"B.A. Baracus, he will have a Mohawk and there is a moment in the movie where he actually gets the Mohawk cause he’s going crazy. And I don’t know who is in the cast yet…but I do know that the only person I want right now is, that I really, really want is Woody Harrelson to play Murdock – the guy who is crazy but he’s kind of real smart, a jack of all trades. That’s the only person I really, really want."
Now that's interesting, I like the fact that he's going to be going a little deeper with the characters, but also the kind of casting he's looking at. I hadn't thought about Woody Harrelson, but he is a superb choice, you can just see it in him.
What do you think, is this a good vision for the A-Team film? Could it really happen this time?