The boys over at Moviehole have someone gotten their hands on the script for the upcoming John Singleton-directed “The A-Team” movie, and they have a review of it. They’re not very happy, let’s just say, but then again, since when has a fanboy-ready movie’s script ever been well-received by the online community? But you know what I would give to see that script? Well let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Continue on for a review of the script.
So how does it begin?
The story takes place in 2003, shortly before the United States’ invasion of Baghdad – the classic “Shock and Awe” campaign we all remember. We meet Lieutenant Templeton “Face” Peck who is only described as a “damned good-looking man.” He’s at a base in the desert with a bunch of British soldiers, scamming them out of money with the help of American Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith – an older gentlemen who we learn has been divorced for six years.
They’re called by General Henry Garner, a 64-year old with chopped gray hair and a golf tan. They meet their newest partner, Sgt. B.A. Baracas, who is a 22-year-old walking steel wall with two-percent body fat.
Long story short, they’re in Iraq, the year is 2003, just before the invasion. The three men sneak into Iraq to safeguard some important Iraqi museum artifacts when the invasion begins and they’re trapped. Turns out they get accused of theft, get sentenced to prison, and here’s where the movie seemingly diverges from the show — Face turns on Hannibal and B.A. and rats them out to save himself! Uh. The break out and try to clear their name and you know the rest.
Basically, the reviewer (you can read the whole thing here) wasn’t very entertained by the script. He sums it up this way:
As much as I would like to see a really good big-screen version of this show, it seems it won’t get that kind of treatment…. “The A-Team” will be like “2 Fast, 2 Furious” – but with more explosions and less import tuners. Hell, maybe he’ll get Tyrese to play Baracas.
Yikes. But keep in mind Singleton’s background in writing, because I’m pretty sure he’s going to “fine tune” the crap out of this thing. Remember, this script was probably done before Singleton signed on.
I still have faith that a plan will come together…