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Nicolas Winding Refn Off Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' (Could F. Gary Gray Take His Place?)

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by Sergio
January 10, 2013 7:25 PM
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Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, has pulled out of the feature film remake of the CBS 1980's TV series, The Equalizer, for Columbia Pictures, with Denzel Washington in the lead role.

According to media sources, Refn and the studio couldn't come to terms on a deal and has left the project. But not to worry, for you Refn fans. He still has a new film coming out this year, Only God Forgives, with his Drive star Ryan Gosling, which is set to be released on May 23rd.

As a result, the studio is looking for a replacement to quickly come in and take over the directing job; and two directors who were under consideration before Refn came on board were Pierre Morel (who directed Taken) and F. Gary Gray.

It is possible that Columbia might go back to either of them to come on board the project, or perhaps the studio may look for someone new altogether. We shall see.

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10 Comments

  • Donella | January 11, 2013 6:03 PMReply

    I'll do it!

  • Dee | January 11, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    I preferred Bronson when it was called Chopper.

  • tmack | January 11, 2013 11:02 AMReply

    I'm sorry to hear this. I happened to love Drive and thought it one of the best films of the year. Refn took a rather pedestrian script and transformed it into a stylistic thriller. I was really interested in how he'd approach this project and direct what would be an "edgier" Denzel.

    I've seen the TV show the Equalizer and it was very good. Intriguing as a film.

  • DJP | January 11, 2013 12:10 AMReply

    Sergio, saw The Driver years ago. To be honest,
    I was bored. Thought Drive was overrated. Loved
    Bronson. Glad to see others are disappointed in
    this news. My interest has vanished as well.

  • Miles Ellison | January 10, 2013 11:51 PMReply

    And my interest in seeing this just completely disappeared.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | January 10, 2013 9:45 PMReply

    Wow. That kills half my interest in this project (sorry, Denzel!).

  • Lovesfilmnmusic | January 10, 2013 8:41 PMReply

    I'm so disappointed with this news. I was really looking forward to what a collaboration between Refn and Denzel looked like. Ugh!!! This just killed my buzz.

  • DJP | January 10, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    Refn is a creative and stylized director. Morel and Gray are ordinary journeymen directors. The Equalizer could have been a special movie with Refn. The other candidates will make a generic movie that looks like every other action movie in theatres.

  • tmack | January 11, 2013 11:06 AM

    Walter Hill's The Driver is still an excellent film and probably Ryan O'Neal's best role given that it required very little of him in terms of emoting. If you wanted more "driving scenes" in Drive, then The Driver is your film.

    Yes, in many ways, Drive is an update of that film...but ultimately the 2 films and stories are indeed different.

  • sergio | January 10, 2013 7:58 PM

    Yeah but I still say that Drive, except for the extreme violence, was nothing but a rip-off of Walter Hill's far superior 1978 film The Driver which is now being screened in some cities, like N.Y. and Chicago, in a brand new restored print.

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