Quick, what’s the best possible news? Did you say, “A writer-producer from the Fast & Furious franchise is developing a remake of The A-Team for television that is mostly like the original, but now there are a few female A-Team members and waaaaaaaaiiiit a second, this is just starting to sound like Fast & Furious: The TV Show, but with a van crashing through walls instead of supercharged neon Hondas getting heaved out of an airplane“? No? Well, you are wrong.
And in a related story, that exact thing is happening. According to Deadline, Fast & Furious veteran Chris Morgan is developing the new series with Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of original A-Team creator, Stephen J. Cannell.
Unlike the original all-male squad, the new team will include both male and female members. The group has been framed for a crime they didn’t commit and set out to clear their names by uncovering the black-ops conspiracy that set them up. Along the way, they are driven to help those in need by using their singular military skills, high-tech expertise and often conflicting individual approaches. It’s described as a fun episodic mission-of-the-week show that mixes big action-adventure sequences with compelling characters, inventive cons and lots of humor.
This is where we include the obvious “This could be bad and ruin your fragile childhoods etc. etc. etc.” caveat, but really, come on. The A-Team and the Fast & Furious franchise are big dumb glorious temples of hilariously over-the-top action, both featuring a diverse group of renegades who each bring a different skill to the table. And they line up pretty well, too. Hannibal is Dom, Face is some combination of Roman and Brian, Murdock is Ludacris (whose character almost definitely has a name), and BA is… oh, let’s say Letty, if only because she gets hit in the head a lot and has huge gaps in her memory.
It’s a match made in action heaven.