Jul 25, 2012
Equalizer Movie Moves Forward With Washington
Deadline reports that the long, long-in-the-works feature adaptation of the classic 1980s TV show The Equalizer is moving forward, with Denzel Washington in the Edward Woodward role. (Washington's attachment was first reported in December.) In fact, it's not only happening, but it's fast-tracked! The trade blog reports that Sony has set an April 8 start date in order to lock down Washington. The studio's shortlist of director candidates for the tightly budgeted thriller reportedly includes Pierre Morel, Nicolas Winding Refn, Gavin O’Connor and Gareth Evans. Like Woodward, Washington will play a former secret agent atoning for past sins by helping those with the odds against them. However, Deadline cautions that this "loose adaptation" has "that basic premise but takes off in its own way, tailored to Washington’s skills." Therefore, I'm hesitant to even suggest that Washington will play McCall. He may portray a new character altogether. The original Equalizer was to some extent inspired by Woodward's must-see 1960s spy series Callan.