Exclusive: Liam Neeson on The A-Team 2

News Duncan Bowles 28 Feb 2011 - 17:53

The A-Team didn’t exactly set the box office alight last year, but there may yet be a possibility of a sequel, according to star Liam Neeson…

We recently had the good fortune to speak to Liam Neeson about his film Unknown, which is released this Friday in UK cinemas. We’ll bring you the full interview on Wednesday, in which he discusses some of his favourite early films, as well as talking about his incredibly busy slate of current and future work.

As a rather substantial fan of Mr Neeson, as well as growing up with The A-Team on TV, I have to say that I really liked the recent feature film version, and if ever there was a brand with the word ‘franchise’ attached, then what better than one based on a TV show that ran for years.

Unfortunately, critical reaction and box office results were quite mixed, leaving the future for any potential sequels in doubt.

I think it’s a great shame, as I thought Joe Carnahan (who is currently re-united with Neeson while filming The Grey) did a fine job at putting together the best possible cast (despite some people’s grumblings about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s mumblings), while recalling the kind of over the top, fun blockbuster spectacle that made parts of 90s cinema so great.

When I mentioned this to Liam Neeson, he said, “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.”

To be honest, it was quite a surprise that the A-Team film didn’t do better, with the marketing push it was given and all the public appearances that the actors put in (as well as the van), especially with the current blockbuster climate allowing for some truly awful films to flourish and get sequels greenlit.

So I asked him if there was a chance of a sequel. The answer? “Well, 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.”

It's interesting that the door isn't completely shut, and it's reassuring to hear that the cast are all behind making another. Despite Neeson joking elsewhere in the interview about his shortening ability to make action films, I can't help thinking that onset of age and grey hair can only help make Liam Neeson an even more authentic Hannibal Smith...

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