Antoine Fuqua Is Looking To Reteam w/ Denzel Washington On 'The Equalizer'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 21, 2013 1:52 PM
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Director Antoine Fuqua On The Set Of 'Olympus Has Fallen'

The Who will direct Denzel Washington in The Equalizer? contest continues...

Director Nicolas Winding Refn had the job initially, but then walked away from it, after he and the studio could reach an agreement. 

Minutes ago, Deadline announced that Washington's Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua, is currently in talks to replace Refn in this big screen adaptation of the 1980s TV show, The Equalizer for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists, from a script written by Richard Wenk.

First announced over a year ago, when Russell Crowe was said to be attached to star, Denzel replaced him in the film earlier this year.

The reportedly $50 million project and is said to be designed to launch the first film franchise for Mr Washington - hence, if the first film does well, expect sequels.

The TV series was set in New York, and centered on a former secret agent (played by the late Edward Woodward) with a "mysterious past" who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as an investigator, aided by a diverse group of other sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days).

No official synopsis for the film yet, but it's expected to follow the basic premise of the TV series.

With Fuqua helming (assuming a deal is reached - the job has been chased after by many apparently), this probably means we should expect a more hard-hitting, raw, gritty, R-rated kind of Equalizer, and not the PG/PG-13 series that was the TV show. This'll probably be more like Denzel Washington in Man On Fire mode.

Production is set to begin in spring 2013, so I'm sure Sony is keen on signing a director up very soon.

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4 Comments

  • CareyCarey | March 22, 2013 9:17 PMReply

    I think I have to agree with DJP on this one-->"Fuqua is a mediocre director". Well, maybe I should check that. I'll say my jury is still out. Heck, what has he done since Training Day. Hell, and truth be told, just like million dollar pass receivers make their Quarter Backs look good, so goes Denzel, a good screenwriter and Antoine Fuqua, I think. I mean, was it Antoine's directing or Denzel's acting that made Training day a smash hit? And who has seen Brooklynn's Finest? I rest my case. Wait-wait-wait, to be fair, it had its moments. It wasn't a "bad" movie.

    So now he has "Olympus Has Fallen". Although I haven't seen the movie, I've read a few reviews. One said...

    "The computer generated images are passable [I've read corny and cheap looking].
    Unfortunately, Antoine and Butler who is also the producer of the film have put their entire focus on operation "Olympus" and have overlooked the various other layers that could make the film wholesome. The film focuses only on the operation that happens in the White House and the Pentagon. Since this ordeal is an all-night affair, the panic and pandemonium that could have been created is not captured to the 'T'. Also the cold un-enthusiastic media reaction to an event so colossal makes the entire film look so synthetic."

    Hmmmm... there's obviously insufficient evidence to support the opinion that Antoine Fuqua is a great director.

  • DJP | March 21, 2013 8:02 PMReply

    Fuqua is a mediocre director. I do not expect great
    things from this movie.

  • Aswilliams91 | March 21, 2013 3:46 PMReply

    This could be promising. I love Antoine Fuqua has proven to be a great director in Hollywood for many years. I'm not going to cross my hands yet. I love what he did with Denzel in Training Day which was a remarkable film. The changing of directors should stop and reach a deal to have Antoine helm the project with Denzel again. Looking forward to this film next year.

  • ALM | March 21, 2013 3:45 PMReply

    This will be great if it happens.

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