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Joe Carnahan to Direct, Ridley Scott to Produce The A-Team

theateam-0127092oth Century Fox has has tapped Joe Carnahan to direct and Ridley Scott to produce, with Tony scott executive producing, a summer 2010 feature film release of The A-Team.

Carnahan takes over for John Singleton, who exited the project last year (see related story here).

Carnahan will team with Brian Bloom to re-work a script by Skip Woods (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra).  Production is expected to begin by this June, with an expected June 10, 2010 release, according to Variety.

“Tony and I feel that marrying this Scott Free project with Joe’s sensibility will result in a fast-paced, exciting franchise, one we hope will be around for years to come,” Scott said.

Carnahan and the Scott brothers say they will use the original premise of the series as the template for an action film. In the original, four Vietnam vets convicted of armed robbery escape from military prison and became do-gooder mercenaries.

The Middle East will replace Vietnam as the place the four did their tour of duty, but Carnahan said the origin story is the jumping-off point.

“You can … make a film that reflects on the real world without losing the great sense of fun and the velocity of action in a classic summer popcorn film,” Carnahan said.