"Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. 212 555 4200."
Whoever has that phone number must be sick of it by now. But that's the ad put in the papers by The Equalizer in the popular 1980's vigilante television series of the same name. The series pit former espionage agent Robert McCall against a litany of thugs and do-badders every week in an ongoing journey to atone for his past sins. The series has been picked up for a movie adaptation before, most recently by Crash writer/director Paul Haggis with Russell Crowe attached, but that particular version appears to have gone through. Haggis is gone, and now it looks like Crowe might be replaced by his old American Gangster co-star Denzel Washington.
Coming Soon reports that "the project is being developed with Denzel Washington in mind to star," which is anything but a signed contract but also a distinct possibility. The Equalizer is being developed by Escape Artists films which previously worked with Washington on their remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, so they probably have a pretty good relationship... unless Washington actually watched the finished product of that unfortunately inferior retread. He's also appeared in a few other movies by Todd Black, one of the heads of Escape Artists, including The Great Debaters and Antoine Fisher.
With Haggis apparently gone, the director's chair is open. The screenplay is now being written by Richard Wenk, the writer of 16 Blocks, the remake of The Mechanic and The Expendables 2. So expect a lot of balls to the wall action, apparently.
Enjoy the unusually disturbing and intense (for the 1980s at least) intro to The Equalizer below.
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