In the last few years, Hollywood has undergone a wave of franchises being rebooted or remakes of popular films with an all-women cast. Some went on to be stellar successes like Ocean’s 8 while some are still remembered for being big disappointments like American Psycho 2: All American Girl. There had even been rumors of rebooting the Bond franchise with a female lead as well. But while these are rumors of the past, word on the street as per insider Daniel Richtman is that a reboot of The A-Team television series is being planned with an all-women team.
Almost 35 years ago, in 1983, the show The A-Team started airing on NBC, and almost instantly, it became a cult hit. The show was about a group of former members of a United States Army Special Forces unit who were court-martialed for a crime that they were not guilty of committing. They managed to escape from the military prison and started working as mercenaries while looking for ways to clear their names. And now, plans are in motion to reboot the franchise with an all-women team.
Even today A-Team boasts a loyal following. In 2003, Yahoo! conducted a survey of 1000 TV series, including The A-Team, and viewers voted the show as the most popular television series that they want to be revived. The popularity of the show wasn’t in the least deterred by the 2010 reboot of the hit series that starred actors like Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Yul Vazquez, and was a box-office disappointment. Though the film ended on a note that hinted at the possibility of a sequel, its poor performance scrapped plans for the next film.
Reports of a possible reboot of the tv series have also cropped up in the past. In 2015, Deadline reported that Fox is working on developing a reboot of the A-Team series with screenwriter Chris Morgan as executive producer along with Stephen Cannell, the series original co-creators daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, and Albert Kim as writers. At the time, the new show was going to ditch the all-male team of the original and make a team including both male and female characters.
Unfortunately, Richtman has not provided any further info about his insider scoop about the A-Team reboot. Thus, it is impossible to confirm whether it is being rebooted in the form of a series or a film and whether the plans are still in the initial stage or have already progressed to the part where actresses are being considered for the gender-swapped roles of the four commandos from the original series.
For us, the best choices would be from the cast of Ocean’s 8, especially, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sarah Paulson- after all, they are the reason that the film is one of the biggest successes of the franchise. If we talking about kickass female stars, we can’t forget Charlize Theron who has impressed both as the antagonist Cipher in the Fast and Furious films and stood out as a hero in Netflix’s Old Guard. But plans for the A-Team reboot are yet to be made official, so all we can do till then is speculate about the possibilities.