TWoP: The A-Team was one of your biggest TV hits and you served as a producer and creative consultant on the feature film starring Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. From your perspective, how does the move compare to the show?
Cannell: It's a reset, but it's a great reset. The characters are very, very similar to the characters that we had [on the show], but they're updated versions. The tone of the movie is a little darker-- we were doing the Road Runner on the The A-Team; we're not doing that with this. People can die in the The A-Team movie, but the humor is there, the relationship between the four characters is there and the comedy is there. Joe Carnahan directed the picture -- he just did a lights-out job, in my opinion. Ridley Scott's our executive producer. I was really happy with it, though it took forever to get the script right since we had so many writers on it, but once Ridley and Joe Carnahan and [co-screenwriter] Brian Bloom came in, it was a new game. I'm really excited about it.
TWoP: And can you confirm that in the A-Team movie, when they fire 100 rounds in a scene, some of those are actually going to hit people?
Cannell: [laughs] It's liable to happen!
TWoP: I just hope there's a scene where the guys take a machine gun apart and then immediately put it back together again, like they did in every episode of the show.
Cannell: Well, I don't think that's in there, but you're gonna like the movie. And the thing that's great about it is that people who remember The A-Team and then take their kids to the movie, they're not gonna go, "Well this is a rip; this isn't what I was looking for." There's been a lot of examples of TV shows that have been re-hung and turned out -- like Wild, Wild West is the greatest example of a total misfire. You won't feel that way about this. You're gonna feel you got what you signed up for.
TWoP: There are certainly plenty of your other past shows that are in various stages of development for remakes, including 21 Jump Street. But is there any of your older shows that isn't being remade but should be?
Cannell: Oh, I think Wiseguy would make a really great movie, and I'm trying to do Greatest American Hero as a film.
TWoP: That show seemed ahead of its time considering how big superheroes are these days
Cannell: Yeah, yeah. I think that has a shot... And then, of course, I'm writing a novel every nine months.