Dream Cast: 80’s TV Shows

New feature here at RowThree (I always say that and then never come through with follow up volumes) is the dream cast of a particular film or genre. For the innaugural volume, I’ve decided to cast three popular 80’s TV shows should they ever become a big screen reality (I know a couple of them are actually in the works). If I were in charge and had an endless budget, here’s how I would cast the movies. Main choice in bold with some alternates in parantheses should my first choice not be available or were to turn the role down. As an FYI, I would be trying to make these seriously cool action movies; not a lame comedy adaptation like the Stiller/Wilson vehicle, “Starsky and Hutch”…

The A-Team:
I love it when a plan comes together
Director: Tony Scott
John Hannibal Smith: William Shatner (Gary Sinise, Chris Cooper)
Bosco Baracus (aka B.A.): Mr. T (worked then, will work now)
Templeton Peck (aka Faceman, aka Face): Nathan Fillion (George Clooney, Christian Bale)
Howlin’ Mad Murdock: David Arquette (Adam Sandler, Jake Busey)
Col. Roderick Decker: Dennis Farina (Ed Harris)
Random hot side-kick lady: Angelina Jolie (Ali Larter, Salma Hayek)

Knight Rider:
Turbo Boost!
Director: John Woo
Michael Knight: Val Kilmer (Hugh Jackman, Ethan Hawke, Eric Bana)
Devon Miles: Max Von Sydow (Geoffrey Rush, Alan Arkin)
K.I.T.T.: Laurence Fishburne (William H. Macy, Aaron Eckhart)
Bonnie Barstow: Amy Adams (Vera Farmiga, Paz Vega)
Random villain: Guy Pearce

Magnum P.I.:
cool name
Director: Michael Mann
Thomas Magnum: Matthew McConaughey (Jason Patric, Clive Owen)
Johnathan Higgins III: Terence Stamp (Ben Kingsley, Stanley Tucci)
Theodore Calvin (aka T.C.): Chiwetel Ejiofor (Wesley Snipes, Djimon Hounsou, Cuba Gooding Jr)
Orville Wright (aka Rick): Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Oliver Platt)
Random villain: Gary Oldman

Just for fun, the original show intros are below the fold:

The A-Team:

Knight Rider:

Magnum P.I.:

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jeffrey combes as murdoch please!


KITT's voice needs to be British or have a classy tone to it. Just deep and authoritative isn't enough. Heard Kilmer as KITT's voice on a commercial for the upcoming TV movie on Sunday, and it just didn't sound right.

I think you nailed the director's here, and Fillion as Face on the A Team would totally work. Hadn't thought of that one.


To be perfectly honest, none of these TV shows needs a feature film version. I know you are just having a little fun with the casting, but the film industry actually makes me feel a bit old and sad when their nostalgia-machine has to start cashing in on the shows that I grew up with. I could live with Mission Impossible and Miami Vice, because there seemed to be some kind of ambition to the film versions (even if I'm stretching MI a bit). But Charlie's Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard and the three you mention above, I'd rather them stay where they are bad TV that looks better from my spotty memory of the early 1980s. In hindsight, they weren't even particularly good TV in the first place, if I'm being honest with myself.

Now, where is my Manimal movie? Forever Knight? The Scarecrow and Mrs. King? mmmprhmmm *kidding*!

Kurt Halfyard


Kurt Halfyard

Yea, but I'm pretty sure that Michael Mann just used the "Miami Vice" name to continue his Collateral-like experimentation with a thriller he was working on. He shoehorned in just enough to get funding to make an original movie of his choosing. My theory anyway.

At that point, I don't really want any of those movies to be called by their TV show name.

Marina Antunes

William Shatner as Hannibal Smith is inspired casting. Inspired I tell you. And I love the love for Fillion. That guy should be a massive superstar by now.

"I’d rather them stay where they are bad TV that looks better from my spotty memory of the early 1980s"

Seriously? I can't speak for the other two (don't remember them) but The A-Team was never/still isn't bad. That opening sequence makes me giddy with excitement!

That still doesn't mean I want a movie but if they followed Andrew's advice…I'd be up for it.

Kurt Halfyard

21st century serious re-envisioning of the A-Team would be written by Tony Gilroy and be called the B(ourne)-Team. 🙂

Kurt Halfyard

I'd throw in Kurt Wimmer for directing Knight Rider.

I'd throw in Katherine Bigelow for directing The A-Team.

Matt Gamble

Woo really should be the director for A-Team.

Woo + Bullets = Poetry


Looks like at least one studio reads RowThree:

Matthew McConaughey offered magnum role


Surely this has to the Dream team for any A-team re-make

John Hannibal Smith: George Clooney.

Bosco Baracus (aka B.A.): Mr. T (worked then, will work now)if not (Booker T,The Rock, Ving Rhames, Michael Clarke Duncan)

Templeton Peck Brad Pitt.

Howlin’ Mad Murdock: Jim Carey.