No A-Team Sequel, Says Bradley Cooper
03.11.11 by Ryan
Last year's The A-Team suffered lousy reviews from critics who clearly wanted more from a movie based on a 1980s television show. While director Joe Carnahan and his cast didn't make an Oscar winner, the movie was enjoyable enough for those that didn't think the movie had to re-invent the action movie. It seems the biggest crime The A-Team perpetrated was not making enough money.
During an Empire webchat, A-Team actor Bradley Cooper responded to a question about whether a sequel was in the works.
I loved [the movie] too. 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.
For those that love numbers, The A-Team was made for $110 million, certainly a substantial investment on the part of 20th Century Fox. The movie made only $77 million in the U.S., and another $100 million overseas, which does leave a $67 million profit, were it not for the money Fox spent on advertising.
So what went wrong? In an interview with MTV last year, Carnahan explained what he felt went wrong with The A-Team.
What I think ultimately happened — because it was kind of a marketing misstep — is that people who should have seen that film in theaters didn't because they thought it was maybe corny or campy or whatever. The people that weren't a fan of the show thought it was corny and stayed away thinking it wouldn't be anything other than that. What it is, though, is a lot different. I think in addition to having really great action in it, it's got this real heart to it. And I'd love to do it again, just to work with those four guys and have that kind of fun. I mean, I had a blast making that movie.
Liam Neeson had a different theory, telling Den of Geek last month that he thought the timing of The A-Team's release was all wrong.
Yeah, I thought it was a really good movie, you know? And thought it would’ve done much, much better at the box office in America, but the studio released it the day after the World Cup started, and I think that probably affected the overall performance of the film.
The rest of the cast was also open to a sequel, with Neeson saying that "the studios certainly aren’t saying no" to a sequel, in sharp contrast to Cooper's more recent statement. Like Cooper, Neeson was open to a sequel.
I personally would love to get on the horse again, you know? With Bradley and Sharlto [Copley] and [Quinton] Rampage [Jackson] — we all would. But with the studios and the studio system it’s a question of dollars and cents.
Copley also voiced his approval on a sequel, telling MTV last December that he "would really like to see the guys go on a mission, like they used to do."
Apparently, the DVD numbers weren't enough to warrant another A-Team adventure.