The A-Team finally starts filming in June

After much delay, 20th Century Fox has finally assembled a creative team to transform 80's TV series "The A-Team" into a summer 2010 tentpole.

Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) is set to direct with Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Tony Scott (Domino) to produce.  They will be working off of a script by Skip Woods who also wrote this year's 80's remake G.I. Joe.  The movie is set to being production in June and they have marked June 11, 2010 for release.

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.

Carnahan has put his Pablo Escobar film "Killing Pablo" on the back burner. The project was complicated by the bankruptcy filing made by the Yari Film Group.

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