Joe Carnahan - Carnahan: 'We Blew It On The A-team'
Director JOE CARNAHAN has conceded he "blew it" with his big screen adaptation of THE A-TEAM after the film underperformed at the box office and received scathing reviews from several critics.
The moviemaker adapted the popular 1980s TV show into a film with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton Jackson and Sharlto Copley stepping into the beloved leading roles.
But the blockbuster failed to blow up the box office, taking a disappointing $77 million (£51 million) in the U.S., and being labelled "overlong, overblown and utterly forgettable" and "nearly writer free" by sharp-tongued reviewers.
And Carnahan admits he knew something had gone wrong when cinema-goers admitted they had to be "dragged" along to see it.
He tells the Wall Street Journal, "If I had a nickel for every time someone, especially women, came up to me and said they were dragged to the film but ended up liking it. That's how you know you blew it. And we blew it... We kind of fell victim to a marketing misstep in that there wasn't necessarily an understanding of what the show was. We didn't do an adequate enough job of telling people what the movie was, if you know what I mean."
And the director reveals there will only be a sequel if the film sells well on DVD, adding, "Hopefully, we can make it up and find the audience the film should have found during the summer on Blu-ray and DVD. Fingers crossed... I think a large degree of it (the potential for a sequel) depends on how it does in this (DVD/Blu-ray) realm."