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Both Sony Pictures and test audiences are said to be very happy with Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer, as the studio have now closed a deal with screenwriter Richard Wenk (who also wrote the first movie) to pen a sequel seven months before this instalment even released.
According to The Wrap, a mid-December test screening for the movie earned the highest scores for an R-rated movie in Sony’s history, something which they clearly felt couldn’t be ignored, hence why work on a sequel has already begun.
The site adds that star Denzel Washington is expected to reprise his role in a follow-up to the thriller, but negotiations are ongoing as his original contract didn’t include an option for a sequel. In fact, if he does star in The Equalizer 2, it would actually be the prolific actor’s first sequel!
Of course, it all depends on how well »
- Josh Wilding
Denzel Washington stars as retired intelligence officer Robert McCall in this cinematic reboot of the classic 1980s TV series. In the story, an act of kindness toward a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) gets McCall embroiled with the Russian mob.
Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, David Harbour and Marton Csokas also star. The film has reportedly been testing "through the roof", in fact a mid-December test screening is said to have earned "the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio's history."
Unsurprisingly, Sony is quickly moving forward on the sequel so the project has the momentum to happen when the first film hits cinemas on September 26th.
Washington's contract did Not include an option for a sequel, Washington has famously never starred in one, »
- Garth Franklin
Nearly seven months before The Equalizer is set to hit theaters this fall, Sony Pictures is already developing a sequel to the big screen adaptation of the original 80s TV drama, hiring Richard Wenk (The Equalizer, The Expendables 2) to return for scripting duties
Sony made the decision to move forward on a follow-up after a December test screening yielded the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio's history. Denzel Washington is expected to reprise his role in the original as Robert McCall, a former Black Ops commander who lives a quiet life in Boston. When he helps rescue a teenage prostitute (Chloe Moretz), he finds himself going up against deadly Russian mobsters. Denzel Washington's original deal did not include an option for a sequel, even though Sony always imagined the project as the start of a potential franchise. If he does sign on, this will be the actor's first ever sequel. »
Greg Kinnear has found critical and box office success in movies but that's no guarantee that his Rake TV series will be a ratings hit for Fox. Will it be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled instead? We'll have to wait and see.
Rake follows a lawyer (Greg Kinnear) who tries to do good but just can't seem to get beyond his numerous addictions that cause him so much trouble. The cast also includes John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic, David Harbour, Tara Summers, Miranda Otto, and Ian Colletti.
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Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: January 23, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A legal drama, based on an Australian series of the same name, this show follows the comedic and chaotic life of a criminal defense lawyer. Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) is often described as many things but none of them are very flattering.
Brilliant and frustratingly charming, Keegan is one of life's great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else will touch. Behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond »
The new Fox comedy, Rake, is the next entry in the category of television shows remade from overseas efforts, and while it doesn’t come with all the same hurdles as most similar efforts, it has a tricky road ahead of it. The normal course would be to talk about the differences in comedic styles inherent in moving something across the pond, a problem Fox will soon face when it tries to “Americanize” the beloved, and wonderful, Gavin & Stacey with the upcoming Us & Them. This time, the show is from Australia, originally starred Richard Roxburgh, and aimed for a dark and tragic brand of comedy that was almost completely unique.
Roxburgh was not only brilliant, but brilliantly cast, relaying enough charm and delivering the proper form of wit to keep the character engaging and likable, no matter what he did. A modern version of a frequent side character in Elizabethan »
- Marc Eastman
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