20th Century Fox Television is developing a remake of the 1980s classic TV show The A-Team, with Furious 7 screenwriter Chris Morgan coming aboard to produce the new series, according to a report from Deadline. The news comes five years after 20th Century Fox released their big-screen adaptation of The A-Team, which starred Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson. This rebooted TV series will have a contemporary setting, with a twist on the team itself.
The original series centered on four highly-trained special forces soldiers, John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), Templeton "Faceman" Peck (Dirk Benedict), H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock (Dwight Schultz) and B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus (Mr. T), who escaped from a military prison after being detained for a crime they didn't commit. They fled to Los Angeles and began working as "soldiers of fortune," using their immense skills to help people in need, while trying to clear their name. The series launched after the Super Bowl in January 1983 on NBC, with its five-season run ending in 1987 after 98 episodes.
The new series will retain the same premise, although this new A-Team will feature a team comprised of both male and female members. Like the original show, this new team will be framed, as they try to uncover a conspiracy, while helping those in need by putting their skills to use. In the original show, the team all served in the Vietnam War together, but it isn't known what military angle will be used in the remake. George Peppard passed away in 1994, but the other original cast members are still alive, so it's possible that they may be brought back for either cameo appearances or supporting roles.
Sleepy Hollow writer Albert Kim has come aboard to write the pilot script, with Chris Morgan serving as an executive producer alongside Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of original A-Team creator Stephen J. Cannell. 20th Century Fox has the rights to all of Stephen J. Cannell's shows, with 20th Century Fox TV previously developing a TV remake of another one of his shows, Wiseguy. The project doesn't have a director attached for the pilot yet, but Tawnia McKiernan is an accomplished TV director, with episodes of Grimm, Blue Bloods and Criminal Minds under her belt.
Chris Morgan created the 2014 Fox series Gang Related and The Troop. He is best known for his work as a feature writer and producer, writing the scripts for Wanted and the last five Fast & Furious movies, including this year's blockbuster Furious 7. Before serving as a writer and executive producer on Sleepy Hollow, Albert Kim worked on Leverage and Nikita.