Must we really do this again? Is there really the need for yet another attempt to make The A-Team, NBC’s action series that starred George Peppard and Mr. T as the head of the titular gang of Vietnam-vets-turned-mercenaries, into a thing? The answer, of course, is yes, because really whats the point of trying out anything new if you can just keep on retreading old material that wasn’t all that great in the first place. As Deadline announced today, Fox is currently developing a new take on the mercenary gang, with a script currently being written by Sleepy Hollow scribe Albert Kim and producer Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of the original series’ co-creator Stephen J. Cannell.
More importantly, the show is being produced by Chris Morgan, one of the lead creative forces behind the Fast & Furious franchise, who has retooled the series slightly as far as the backstories. This time, the gaggle of would-be heroes will be ex-Special Forces soldiers hunting down members of the black-ops organization that framed them for a major crime. This would suggest that, unlike the original series, the reboot will not be a weekly procedural but rather yet-another series burdened by a vague season-long arc that is constantly teased to the point that everything that happens in any given episode is less important than what’s being hinted at for the future. Not all that long ago, there was an attempt to revamp the series as a movie over at Fox, which starred Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper, that didn’t go all that far and didn’t do all that well. There’s always a chance that Morgan and his co-horts will find a way to make this entertaining, if nothing else, but frankly, five seasons of Baracus and Murdock bickering at one another was enough back in the 1980s. In the 2010s, it sounds like yet another enormous waste of time and money.