9 January 2013 3:14 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After the critical success of Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn was a .hot. filmmaker who had the pick of multiple projects. One, titled Only God Forgives, makes its way to theaters later this year with leading man Ryan Gosling collaborating once again. Other projects, however, are falling by the wayside. like this. Collider reports that Refn has walked away from The Equalizer, a modernized adaptation of the cult 1980s television series that currently has Denzel Washington attached to star. The main character in The Equalizer is a retired intelligence agent who now assists the downtrodden as a private investigator. But the project isn.t dead, according to the site, and Sony is still bullish about turning The Equalizer into a movie franchise. With Washington, who.s on the Oscar trail for Flight, still set to play the lead role, the studio would like to hire a replacement director in order »

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