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Denzel Washington Is Sony's Choice To Star In Adaptation Of 80s Crime Series 'The Equalizer'

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 23, 2012 9:57 PM
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First announced over a year ago, when Russell Crowe was said to be attached to star, Sony Pictures' big screen adaptation of the the late 80s CBS vigilante crime-solving series, The Equalizer, is apparently still very much on the studios' slate, with Denzel Washington now as the man being eyed to star the film.

This evening brings word that Denzel is indeed going to star in the film, and according to Deadline, Sony has set a production start date of April 8 (I'm assuming 2013), with Denzel getting his customary $20 million salary, which will account for almost half of the film's suggested $50 million budget.

The TV series, which I remember watching and liking, though I was a kid at the time, 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).

Deadline also notes that several directors are being (and will be) considered for the project; and the one name that excites me the most, and who I think would actually be really good for this project, based on what I know of it, is Nicolas Winding Refn, who last helmed last year's criticaly-acclaimed thriller Drive.

Although I'd add that I don't think an adaptation is at all necessary; they studio could just come up with a new crime/detective story idea, and write a script based on that. But you know how these studios are.

The film adaptation reportedly will not be entirely faithful to the TV series; Denzel will play "a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized."

The series ran for 5 seasons on CBS, and its opening credits soundtrack remember, created by Stewart Copeland of The Police, which actually became a hit for him, was one of its most memorable aspects.

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  • ALM | July 24, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    On the Deadline website they had like 57 producers, so the rest of the budget will go to pay all of the producers. The word on the street is that this will be a franchise, so Denzel is not retiring any time soon. :)

  • Donella | July 24, 2012 7:26 PMReply

    Watched this with my family each week. Loved Ed Woodward. I think Denzel will do well in the role. However, what would have been a revolutionary update would be to make the Equalizer a woman. Maybe another movie.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | July 24, 2012 12:07 PMReply

    I used to watch this show with my Granny! And you're right... Refn is that dude.

  • LeonRaymond | July 23, 2012 11:10 PMReply

    Loved that show to the core, my mother and I would tune in together to watch

  • aDawn217 | July 23, 2012 10:34 PMReply

    Four seasons, not five. And you don't want to argue about ANYTHING concerning THE EQUALIZER with me.

  • CT | July 23, 2012 10:33 PMReply

    This is great, that was an all time classic TV show. Nobody could beat Edward Woodward, the original Equaliser as he was a very special actor and absolutely perfect for the role, but Denzel for the big screen version adds all kinds of level to the character. Hope it gets made.

  • Mark | July 23, 2012 10:21 PMReply

    OK. Does anyone remember Denzel in "Man on Fire"? Good. Take his Creasy and plop him into the "Equalizer." Boom!

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