Is John Singleton off the A-Team Movie?

See, this is what happens when you try to replace Mr. T with a pudgy ex-rapper with a permanent scowl that he has mistaken for acting ability: your movie blows up in your face. Or at least that’s what I’m telling people happened to the “A-Team” movie after this report by Variety, which says John Singleton, long attached to direct the big-screen version of the popular action-adventure TV show from the ’80s, has “left the project” after FOX wanted “more time to develop the script.” AKA the studio thinks Singleton’s script blows, and they want to bring in their own guy, and Singleton is doing what Hollywood people do when studios don’t necessarily agree with them: they’re taking their ball and going home.

Variety says so:

John Singleton, who had been attached to direct “A-Team,” has left the project after the studio said it wanted more time to develop the script, which has already gone through a number of rewrites.

I always thought Singleton would have made a pretty good “A-Team” movie. He’s got that ability to combine gritty action with commercial sensibilities ala “Four Brothers”. Then again, word is he also wanted Ice Cube to play B.A. Baracus, and that’s just plain stupid.

But you know what I always loved about the A-Team TV show? The whole show’s very foundation is based on over-the-top violence, but despite all the shooting, stuff blowing up, and gazillion rounds being fired off, no one ever dies on the show.

Below: People in Hollywood were shocked when it was revealed that The A-Team TV show was actually nothing more than a propaganda stunt by the NRA.