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Release Date Set For Denzel Washington's Adaptation Of 80s Crime Series 'The Equalizer'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 6, 2012 10:33 AM
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Sony/Columbia Pictures has set a release date of April 11, 2014, for the big screen adaptation of the the late 1980s CBS vigilante crime-solving series, The Equalizer, with Denzel Washington starring.

First announced over a year ago, when Russell Crowe was said to be attached to star, Denzel replaced him in the film, with 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 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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  • Josh | August 6, 2012 12:26 PMReply

    Shoulda used Idris. The Equalizer is supposed to be a Brit.

  • sergio | August 6, 2012 11:20 AMReply

    One of my favorite shows during the 80's. The Equalizer (played by Edward Woodward in the TV series) was a conflicted, guilt ridden complex man full of remorse and guilt over all the evil acts he had committed in the name of "national security" If Washington's character has that same complexity then would be worth watching. Refn would be a great choice (though I still say that Drive was nothing but a overwought and over violent Eurotrash version of Walter Hill's far superior 1978 film The Driver which was just restored last year which means a blu-ray is coming out soon) But they'll probably get some hack to direct.

    And Copeland's score for the entire TV was just great with a terrific opening theme music back during the good days when TV shows still had theme music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1NiNKwueE

  • Ava | August 6, 2012 5:09 PM

    I was a kid but I can remember loving the very look of the Equalizer, walking purposefully down gritty NYC streets with that Trench coat! I think Washington can pull off that solitary, complex figure but the script will have to be good. Idris Elba would be good too but I'd love to see Washington put that stage craft to good use.
    Sergio, I must make a note to check out The Driver.

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