Is it just me, or are there any other children of the '80s out there experiencing a strange case of Déjà Vu right about now? As we speak, those brilliant Hollywood innovators are currently churning out remakes and re-imaginings for films like Footloose, The Karate Kid and Red Dawn, while old TV shows like The A-Team are also feeling the big-screen love. And because it's our job to sicken (or, heck, excite?) you on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, we've brought with us some bodacious images from The A-Team and The Karate Kid, both of which are now right smack in the middle of production and due out next year.
We'll begin with the first image from off the set of The A-Team (courtesy of Splash News, see above), and, naturally, it's a shot of the new A-Team van, which, thankfully, greatly resembles the old A-Team van. Growing up I had a toy version of the A-Team van (with its awesome sliding side door), but lost it at some point -- so I'm actually looking forward to a potential A-Team van toy comeback, if only to watch my kid play with (and enjoy) something that's so totally mid-80s.
This new version of The A-Team is due in theaters on June 11, 2010, and stars Liam Neeson as John "Hannibal" Smith, , Sharlto Copley as Capt. "Howling Mad" Murdock, Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as Sgt. "B.A." Baracus. Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) directs, and Jessica Biel also stars as a general/love interest on the hunt for the renegade team, while Entertainment Weekly tells us that Patrick Wilson has joined the cast as a CIA operative.
Images and art from The Karate Kid remake after the jump.
Though they're calling this one The Karate Kid, it's in no way a straight remake since Jaden "Will Smith's Kid" Smith is in no way playing a whiney white Italian kid from New Jersey, but it does have a similar feel in that a single mom moves her and her son to China (not Reseda), and it's there that the kid learns self-defense from a wise Asian man (this time it's Jackie Chan). Will Smith is producing, and from what we know there unfortunately will not be a Ralph Maccio or William Zabka cameo, though either (or both) would totally be welcomed.
Check out the teaser art for the film above, and a photo from the set (which looks to show Smith and Chan fully embracing one of the franchise's trademark unorthodox training techniques) below. The Karate Kid, coincidentally, hits theaters the same day as A-Team, on June 11, 2010.