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First Poster For Latest Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua Collab - 'The Equalizer'

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 18, 2014 11:13 AM
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Sony Pictures' adaptation of the TV series, The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, will be released on September 26, 2014.

Chloe MoretzMarton Csokas and Melissa Leo, co-star with Washington in the film, which, by the way, is being directed by Washington's Training Day helmer, Antoine Fuqua, from a script written by Richard Wenk

Director Nicolas Winding Refn had the job initially, but then walked away from it, after he and the studio couldn't reach an agreement. 

The reportedly $50 million project is said to be designed to launch the first film franchise for Mr Washington - hence, if the first film does well, expect sequels. One has already been reportedly greenlit, even though the first film hasn't been released yet. It was said to have scored particularly well with test audience.

The TV series the film is based on 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).

In the film adaptation, Washington plays Robert McCall, a retired intelligence operator who faked his own death to live under the radar. But after finding a young woman (played by Chloe Moretz) in trouble with the Russian mob, he returns to action to use his extreme tactics for good.

With Fuqua helming, 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.

With September looming, no teaser/trailer for the upcoming film yet; but we have your first look at a teaser poster below:

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  • Donella | April 19, 2014 12:26 PMReply

    I really like the poster!

  • bread free | April 18, 2014 2:42 PMReply

    I hope Refn and Washington eventually work together. He needs some real auteurs in his corner.

  • Curtis | April 19, 2014 11:40 AM

    LOL @ Jaysmack.

  • JaySmack | April 18, 2014 6:48 PM

    Yeah, if only Denzel had some substantive directors to work with like Spike Lee (Malcolm X) Ed Zwick (Glory) Tony Scott (Crimson Tide) or Robert Zemeckis (Flight).
    You know what Denzel really needs? He needs the guy who made Drive. So he can have a cult-indy career making flicks barely anybody outside of hardcore cinephiles who obsess over the indie-festival circuit have ever heard of

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