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1.) Though a deal fell apart with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, Sony Pictures is still determined to hit a June start date for their potential Denzel Washington franchise The Equalizer. Enter Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, who has reportedly entered discussions to helm the thriller loosely based on the '80s TV series. Washington's character is a former covert operations officer who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized. The film is reportedly budgeted at a lean $50 million, $20 million of which is Washington's customary fee. Should Wyatt take the job, it would put his Nicholas Hoult-led Wwi drama Birdsong on hold for the time being. Deadline 2.) The Nixon and Ali writing team of Stephen Rivele and Chris Wilkinson are going to tackle the Bruce Lee story with Birth of the Dragon. The film is said to be a "Bruce »

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