John Singleton Promises Classic '80s "Man's Movie" Action for The A-Team
Wants Woody Harrelson to play "Howlin' Mad" Murdock.
So says director John Singleton, who found himself standing next to Collider's Frosty in a valet line last Friday, and was gracious enough to spend a few minutes talking about his plans for Fox's big-screen adaptation of the '80s television hit. While not specifically addressing rumors of Ice Cube stepping into Mr. T's gold chains as B.A. Baracus, Singleton did say the following:
"I don't know who is in the cast yet, so all this...saying who is this person and who is...nobody is playing Mr. T -- the character's name is 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."
Harrelson as "Howlin' Mad" Murdock. Pretty perfect, no?
Singleton also identified the writers responsible for the script's most recent rewrite (Michael Brandt and Derek Haas), and took pains to clarify his vision for the movie's overall tone:
It's not a comic movie farce like Starsky and Hutch, it's kind of in the tradition of the '80s action pictures, the man's movies like Die Hard, Predator, Commando, or even Lethal Weapon...The action is very serious, but there is humor. That's what we are going for.
Finally (and unsurprisingly), anyone who signs on will need to agree to a multi-picture deal, as Singleton and the studio are eyeing The A-Team as a potential franchise. How does some sequel money sound, Woody?