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‘Moonlight’ Star Ashton Sanders in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’

‘Moonlight’ Star Ashton Sanders in Talks to Join Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer 2’
Moonlight” star Ashton Sanders is in talks to join Denzel Washington in a lead role in Sony’s “The Equalizer 2,” with Antoine Fuqua directing.

Sony has set a Sept. 14, 2018, release date for the sequel, which begins shooting next month in Boston, but is keeping plot details from Richard Wenk’s script under wraps.

Narcos” star Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to play the antagonist. Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman are returning from the 2014 film. Washington, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan, Tony Eldridge, and Mace Neufeld are producing the sequel.

The Equalizer,” based on the 1980s crime drama series, starred Washington as a retired CIA black ops operative who lives in Boston and becomes a vigilante against mobsters. The film, directed by Fuqua, performed respectably, grossing $192.3 million at the worldwide box office.

Sanders played the teenage version of the main character, Chiron, in Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” which
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The Equalizer Producer Alex Siskin Nabs Film Rights To Historical Thriller The Technologists

Matthew Pearl’s historical novel The Technologists has taken one mighty step toward the silver screen today, now that The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Alex Siskin – producer behind Sony’s hardboiled thriller The Equalizer – has nabbed film rights to Pearl’s original work.

First published four years ago, The Technologists is billed as an historical thriller, one centering on the inaugural MIT class circa 1868. Attached to pen the adaptation himself, Pearl’s adventure takes place “after an unnatural disaster strikes the ships in Boston Harbor, and an equally inexplicable catastrophe devastates the heart of the city, sparking an anti-science backlash that casts a pall over MIT and threatens its very survival. The best and brightest from the college’s first graduating class secretly join forces to save innocent lives and track down the truth.”

Assembling the college’s best and brightest to unravel a historical conspiracy certainly sounds promising on paper,
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Denzel Washington to open San Seb

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Denzel Washington to open San Seb
Us actor to receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award

Denzel Washington is to open the 62nd San Sebastián Film Festival (Sept 19-27) with the European premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer.

During the opening gala, Washington will be presented with the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Equalizer will screen out-of-competition at the festival on Sept 19 and both Washington and Fuqua will present the film in the Kursaal Auditorium.

The film centres on a former black ops commando (Washington) who faked his own death for a quiet life in Boston but comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters.

Written by Richard Wenk, it is based on the TV series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Producers are Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Denzel Washington, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, and Michael Sloan.

Washington previously
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Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer' Gets an IMAX Release This September

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IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Equalizer, the highly anticipated reteaming of Academy Award winner Denzel Washington and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX&#174 format and released in IMAX&#174 theatres worldwide starting September 26.

Antoine Fuqua directed Denzel Washington in the critically lauded 2001 box office hit Training Day, for which Denzel Washington won the Academy Award&#174 for Best Actor.

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened.
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Hot Trailer: ‘The Equalizer’ With Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington may be a long way from Edward Woodward, but the just-released trailer for the upcoming film version of that 1980s series, showcases Washington’s usual chillier-than-the-Antarctic cool as he comes out of retirement as a black ops commando to rescue a young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) and deal with Russian mobsters. Antoine Fuqua directs Washington (again), from a screenplay written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. The film is produced by Washington along with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge and Michael Sloan.
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The Equalizer Adds Haley Bennett

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The Equalizer Adds Haley Bennett
Haley Bennett has joined Antoine Fuqua's upcoming action drama The Equalizer.

The film centers on secret agent Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), who finds himself living the easy life working at a local hardware store. His peace is interrupted when an act of kindness to a prostitute (Chloe Moretz) catapults him into a conflict with the Russian mob. Melissa Leo is playing his former supervisor, who now is an informant.

Antoine Fuqua is directing from a script by Richard Wenk. Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch are producing with Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Denzel Washington.

Production is scheduled to begin this month in Boston with a April 11, 2014 release date being targeted.

The Equalizer comes to theaters April 11th, 2014 and stars Denzel Washington, Chloe Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo, David Meunier. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua.
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David Meunier Joins Fuqua's "Equalizer"

David Meunier ("Justified," "Revolution") will join Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo, and Chloe Moretz in Antoine Fuqua's $50 million big screen reboot of "The Equalizer" franchise.

Washington plays Robert McCall, an ex-covert agent who hires himself out to those in need. The project is based on the 1980s CBS series.

Meunier plays Slavi, a brutal and sleazy Russian pimp of the young prostitute Teri (Moretz).

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, and original series creator Michael Sloan are all producing.

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Chloe Moretz Turns Hooker For "Equalizer"?

Chloe Moretz ("Kick-Ass," "Hugo") has reportedly scored an offer to play the female lead opposite Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" big screen reboot at Sony Pictures.

The role was originally penned for a twentysomething. However, Moretz reportedly left Washington and studio execs very impressed during a chemistry reading with Denzel.

As a result, the prostitute character is being redrawn with her in mind. Now, it's expected to be akin to something like Jodie Foster's acclaimed turn in "Taxi Driver".

Also, the original 1980s TV series creator Michael Sloan has made a deal to write an original novel that will continue the adventures of the Robert McCall character.

Richard Wenk wrote the film's script, while Sloan, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld and Tony Eldridge are producing. An April 2014 release is being targeted.

Source: Deadline
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Tina Gordon Chism Sells New Orleans-Set Thriller 'Inheritance' To Sony Pictures

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Writer/director Tina Gordon Chism and producer/Laff festival director Stephanie Allain have reteamed for a thriller titled Inheritance, which they've sold to Sony Pictures, in a deal that, according to Deadline, involved DeVon Franklin and Alex Siskin. The story centers on a young female lawyer handling the case of a New Orleans coffee magnate whose death ignites a chain of deadly events.  Chism and Allain previously paired up for Peeples - Chism's directorial debut, which stars Craig RobinsonDavid Alan GrierKerry WashingtonS. Epatha MerkersonMelvin Van PeeblesDiahann Carroll, and Kali Hawk, and...
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Director Antoine Fuqua Reunites with Denzel Washington for The Equalizer

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Director Antoine Fuqua Reunites with Denzel Washington for The Equalizer
Olympus Has Fallen director Antoine Fuqua is in early talks to direct The Equalizer, which would reunite the Training Day filmmaker with star Denzel Washington.

Richard Wenk (16 Blocks) wrote the screenplay based on the hit CBS TV series The Equalizer, which ran for four seasons between 1985 and 1989. The show centered on Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) a former covert operative who lives a life of solitude and devotes himself to helping others in need. The movie will follow that basic premise, with Denzel Washington portraying a modern character who truly despises any form of injustice, devoting his life to helping people from being victimized.

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, and original series creator Michael Sloan are producing the remake for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. The $50 million production is eyeing a late spring/early summer production start in Boston.

The Equalizer comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Denzel Washington.
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Antoine Fuqua Eyes The Equalizer

His Olympus Has Fallen hitting theaters tomorrow, Antoine Fuqua is now said to be in talks to take over Columbia Pictures' upcoming adaptation of The Equalizer . Deadline has the news of the potential match, which would re-team Fuqua with his Training Day star Denzel Washington. A feature film adaptation of the hit 1980s television series, the original show was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. It starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve. The movie was written by Richard Wenk with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch producing through Escape Artists, alongside Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Washington....
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Director Rupert Wyatt to Replace Nicolas Winding Refn on The Equalizer

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Director Rupert Wyatt to Replace Nicolas Winding Refn on The Equalizer
After Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt parted ways with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, many wondered which project this filmmaker would tackle next. It seems that now we may have our answer, with news that the director is in talks to take on The Equalizer remake for Sony Pictures.

Denzel Washington is attached to star as a former spy who despises injustice and now lives a solitary, reclusive life. He devotes all his time and energy to stop helpless people from being victimized. The original TV series The Equalizer, which starred Edward Woodward, ran for four seasons from 1985 to 1989.

We reported in December that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) was locked in to direct, but that deal apparently never went through.

Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Richard Wenk, with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld,
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Rupert Wyatt Eyeing ‘The Equalizer’ With Denzel Washington

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Exclusive: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt might well have found his next film after stepping out of the Apes sequel. I’m told that he’s in early talks to helm The Equalizer for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. That is the film that has had a lot of helmers chasing after the script by Richard Wenk prompted the studio to expedite Denzel Washington’s deal and set a June start date, likely in Boston. The film is a smartly budgeted thriller based on the TV series that will come in around $50 million and is designed to launch the first franchise for Washington, who’ll be paid his customary $20 million. The film is loosely based on the TV series that starred Edward Woodward as a mysterious former covert operations officer who helps people in trouble, and was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. The
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Apes director Rupert Wyatt for Equalizer starring Denzel Washington

The Equalizer may land Rupert Wyatt as director of Sony film starring Denzel Washington Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt is, according to Deadline, in early talks to take the helm of Escape Artists and Sony's The Equalizer. Richard Wenk scripts with a June, 2013 start of production in Boston set for the film loosely based on the TV series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Valhalla Rising) was also in talks to helm the film back in December. Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch produce with Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldrige, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan and Washington. David Bloomfield serves as executive producer.
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Apes director Rupert Wyatt for Equalizer starring Denzel Washington

The Equalizer may land Rupert Wyatt as director of Sony film starring Denzel Washington Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt is, according to Deadline, in early talks to take the helm of Escape Artists and Sony's The Equalizer. Richard Wenk scripts with a June, 2013 start of production in Boston set for the film loosely based on the TV series created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Valhalla Rising) was also in talks to helm the film back in December. Escape Artists' Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch produce with Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldrige, Alex Siskin, Michael Sloan and Washington. David Bloomfield serves as executive producer.
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Rupert Wyatt Eyes The Equalizer

Although Nicolas Winding Refn was previously rumored to be eyeing the director's chair on Columbia Pictures' upcoming adaptation of The Equalizer , Deadline is reporting that Rupert Wyatt ( Rise of the Planet of the Apes ) has entered early talks to helm. Denzel Washington is attached to play the lead. A feature film adaptation of the hit 1980s television series, the original show was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. It starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve. The movie was written by Richard Wenk with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch producing through Escape Artists, alongside Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael...
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'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn in talks to helm 'The Equalizer' starring Denzel Washington

'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn in talks to helm 'The Equalizer' starring Denzel Washington
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn may likely helm Sony Pictures and Escape ArtistsThe Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington in the lead as a justice-seeking covert ops officer.

Refn’s agents confirm to EW that he’s in early talks to direct the movie based on the TV series, which ran from the mid to late 1980s, starring Edward Woodward and Keith Szarabajka.

Production on the film, scripted by Richard Wenk, is slated to begin in late spring 2013, with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan (the show’s original co-creator), and Washington himself producing,
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Nicolas Winding Refn To Direct Denzel Washington In ‘The Equalizer’

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Breaking: Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has been selected to direct The Equalizer for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists. The film, loosely based on the 1980s TV series, has been a hot ticket for directors since Denzel Washington agreed to play the title role. A number of directors had been considered along the way. Negotiations toward a deal will begin immediately with Refn. Production is set to begin in late spring 2013. The script was written by Richard Wenk, and Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch are producing through Escape Artists, along with Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Washington. David Bloomfield will executive produce, and Andrea Giannetti and Hannah Minghella are overseeing for Columbia. The TV series, originally created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim, starred Edward Woodward as a mysterious former covert operations officer who helps people in trouble. The film has that basic premise
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Nicolas Winding Refn to Direct The Equalizer

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Nicolas Winding Refn to Direct The Equalizer
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has signed on to direct The Equalizer big screen adaptation for Sony Pictures. We reported nearly one year ago that Denzel Washington is attached to star.

The Equalizer TV series debuted in 1985, starring Edward Woodward as a former spy who decides to help those in need, free of charge. The feature version will alter the premise slightly, featuring Denzel Washington as a lone recluse, determined to stop helpless people from being victimized. The series ran for four seasons, concluding in 1989.

We reported in 2010 that Oscar winner Paul Haggis was writing the screenplay, but it seems he is no longer involved, with Sony working from a draft by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2). Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, and Todd Black are producing for Escape Artists, alongside Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Denzel Washington.

Production is slated to begin in the spring of
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Nicolas Winding Refn Eyes The Equalizer

ComingSoon.net has learned that Bronson and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is in early talks to direct Columbia Pictures' upcoming adaptation of The Equalizer with Denzel Washington attached to play the lead. A feature film adaptation of the hit 1980s television series, the original show was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. It starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don't know how to solve. The movie was written by Richard Wenk with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch producing through Escape Artists, alongside Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Washington. Refn's next film, Only God Forgives , doesn't yet have an...
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