Hannibal, B.A., Mad Murdock, & Faceman love it when a plan comes together, but what about when a plan utterly screws the pooch?
That's the unfortunate situation after the gleefully stupid-fun of last summer's TV-to-film adapation of "The A-Team" learned the harsh difference between a box-office explosion and a crash-and-burn.
Director Joe Carnahan assembled a knockout cast and kept the pyrotechnics flying with a genuinely cool take on how to do action sequences (crosscutting the planning with the actual execution), but with a $110 million-dollar budget vs. $177 million worldwide gross the chances for a sequel were squashed flatter than their GMC van.
Now the Face of the franchise himself, Bradley Cooper, has confirmed as much to Empire, responding to a fan who loved the movie and was clamoring for a sequel.
"I loved it too," said Cooper, "But unfortunately, outside of you, a few of your friends and myself, there just wasn't enough revenue to supply a second installment of that franchise.”
Back in February Liam Neeson, aka John "Hannibal" Smith, confirmed the same sentiments to Den of Geek, despite still harboring affection for the property and his co-stars.
Spoke Zeus… er, Neeson, "There's nothing planned at the minute, but the studios certainly aren't saying no. I personally would love to get on the horse again, you know? With Bradley and Sharlto and Rampage - we all would. But with the studios and the studio system it's a question of dollars and cents."
There you have it. Although "The A-Team" received a mixed response from critics and the original cast members, it was really the deadly kicks of "The Karate Kid" and the World Cup that turned it into "The DOA-Team." Time for Plan B?