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With The Equalizer in the can, set for a late 2014 release, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) has been busy looking for his next project. Now, it seems that he has officially settled on a film that has been on his radar for a while – the long-gestating Southpaw, which will star Jake Gyllenhaal.
As the story of a rising welterweight boxing champion who enjoys continued professional success while his personal life disintegrates, Southpaw was originally conceived by Kurt Sutter (creator of Sons Of Anarchy) as a vehicle for Eminem (Marshall Mathers). As Deadline reported in late 2010, DreamWorks co-chairman/CEO Stacey Snider acquired the project after championing 8 Mile as head of Universal Pictures. Sutter explained that it was inspired by the struggles Eminem had endured:
“He shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album – one that I connected with on a lot of levels. »
- Sarah Myles
(Cbr) With many months to go before it even hits theaters, "The Equalizer" is expected to spawn a sequel. TheWrap reports Richard Wenk, writer of the fall-debuting action movie, has been hired by Sony to work on a sequel to the Denzel Washington thriller. According to the report, Sony’s decision was fueled by recent test screenings that have gone “through the roof” with positive feedback. “A mid-December test screening reportedly earned the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio’s history,” the outlet reports. The one rub is that Washington’s contact for "The Equalizer" does not include an option for a sequel, although he’s nevertheless expected to return. Opening Sept. 26, "The Equalizer" stars Washington as a former black-ops operative who fakes his death as a means of quiet retirement. He’s lured back into action to save a young sex worker (Chloe Moretz) from Russian gangsters. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Although production has only recently wrapped on Antoine Fuqua’s (Olympus Has Fallen) remake of the 1980s television series The Equalizer, Sony has green-lit a sequel following a series of promising test screenings. Intriguingly, Denzel Washington is yet to appear in a sequel, although one can presume that he has been contracted to appear in numerous Equalizer projects.
The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a former intelligence operative who decides he wants to live a more peaceful life in Boston. But when a young prostitute (Chloe Grace Moretz) needs his help, he’ll have to use all his old skills to face down Russian mobsters.
With Washington continuing to prove his box office worth and Chloe Grace Moretz taking on a very different role, The Equalizer could be a very promising thriller. It opens in North America on September 26th, and in the UK on October 10th.
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood is loving it some “veteran, respected actor turns to gritty action films” lately. Between Liam Neeson’s, well, entire resumé these last few years and last weekend’s 3 Days To Kill with Kevin Costner, it’s clear that studios are seeing a real upside to these relatively small-budgeted action flicks that are anchored by one well-known star. We already knew that Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington, 59, was set to appear in The Equalizer, but now TheWrap is reporting that the studio is quickly assembling a sequel to the R-rated actioner.
The film would find Washington’s character, a retired intelligence officer, pulled back into the violent life he had left behind when his path crosses with that of a young prostitute in danger with the Russian mob. The girl will be played by Kick-Ass and Carrie star, Chloë Grace Moretz.
Sony is apparently feeling extremely confident in The Equalizer, which opens in 7 months, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: New images from Captain America: The Winter Soldier remind us that Scarlett Johansson also stars as Black Widow, and that Captain America is Steve Rogers, a man dealing with culture shock as well as the bad guys, whether he's in or out of uniform. The movie opens on April 4. [Collider] The Equalizer 2: It's not due out in theaters until September 26, but The Equalizer has already earned a sequel. Reportedly, the film has been "testing through the roof" at sneak advance screenings, and so Sony has brought back writer Richard Wenkman to pen the sequel. Denzel Washington stars as a retired intelligence officer who uses his skills to help a prostitute, played by Chloe Grace Moretz. The film is based on the late 1980s CBS TV show...
- Peter Martin
Though she’s looking to take a short break, Jennifer Lawrence still has her planned reunion with “The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross to look forward to. Per THR, Ross has officially signed on to pen the screenplay to the epic two-part adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” in addition to sitting in the director’s chair, something he has done for his last three directorial outings. Don’t get too excited though, Ross still has the Peter Pan quasi-prequel, “Peter Pan and the Starcatchers” and his slow-brewing Carey Mulligan-starring sci-fi action film “Outback” on the docket.Initially set to move ahead with Nicolas Winding Refn at the helm, the big-screen adaptation of the TV show “The Equalizer” ended up with Antoine Fuqua in the director’s chair. and he seems to have pulled it together to the studio’s liking. The Wrap reports Sony Pictures is »
- Cain Rodriguez
News Simon Brew 25 Feb 2014 - 07:09
Call it either confidence or common sense - or both if you like - but Sony is already putting the wheels in motion for a sequel to this September's The Equalizer movie.
The new film casts Denzel Washington in the lead, with Chloe Grace Moretz co-starring. Test screenings for the movie, which has been directed by Olympus Has Fallen's Antoine Fuqua, are apparently high, and Sony thus has hired Richard Wenk to start work on a sequel. Wenk wrote the first film, which is, of course, an adaptation of the TV show of the same name.
This is in truth a fairly low cost way for studios to shorten the turnaround between films in a franchise. To order a script and have one in place nice and early, »
The Sony Pictures' film doesn’t come out until Sept. 26 and already the smell of sequel is in the air.Sources have confirmed that even though the film won’t be out until the fall (hell, we can’t even get though winter yet), and the image above is the only thing we’ve seen from the film so far, a sequel to The Equalizer, based on the 1980's CBS show, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, is already in the works.The film is reportedly testing so spectacularly with test preview audiences that Sony is convinced they have a huge hit on their hands, and has already hired screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic - the Jason Stratham remake, »
After spending years in development hell, Sony’s theatrical reboot of The Equalizer is finally poised to hit theaters this fall. Will it be worth the wait? Sony certainly seems to think so, as the studio is already prepping a sequel.
Sony’s Equalizer reboot has traveled a long, winding road on its way to finally getting made. Russell Crowe was originally in talks to star, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis was floated as a possible director for the project. After Crowe and Haggis bowed out, Denzel Washington then came on board to play the titular character. Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was then set to take over as director but that plan didn’t ...
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- Michael Kennedy
Well, if you're wondering whether or not Sony Pictures' adaptation of the 80s series The Equalizer is any good, we seem to have an answer. While we've only seen a first look photo from the film starring Denzel Washington, The Wrap reports the studio is already planning a sequel to the film with Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, Mechanic) returning to script the film, though it's not clear if director Antoine Fuqua would return and Washington doesn't have a deal in place yet. This would be Washington's first sequel, and apparently the film has been testing extremely well with early focus group screenings, so Sony wants to make sure they're ready to make a sequel by the time the film hits theaters this fall on September 26th. »
- Ethan Anderton
Sony Pictures is hoping to get a jump on the presumed-hype for director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming thriller The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, by getting the ball rolling on the sequel well in advance. The first pic doesn’t open in theaters until September, but it apparently scored through the roof during a recent test screening, bringing back the highest scores for an R-rated film in Sony’s history. As a result, the studio is keen on developing the follow-up in the hopes that the film makes waves when it hits theaters this fall. Hit the jump for more. The Wrap reports that Sony has brought back screenwriter Richard Wenk to pen a sequel to The Equalizer with the expectation that the first pic will be a box office success when it opens in September. The film is an adaptation of the 1980s TV show of the same name and »
- Adam Chitwood
Seven months before the film hits theaters, Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are feeling confident in their Denzel Washington thriller “The Equalizer,” as screenwriter Richard Wenk has closed a deal to write the sequel, TheWrap has learned. “The Equalizer” has been testing through the roof, prompting Sony to move quickly on a sequel so the project has momentum by the time the first film hits theaters on Sept. 26. A mid-December test screening reportedly earned the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio’s history. Also read: Marton Csokas in Negotiations to Battle Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer’ Washington is expected to. »
- Jeff Sneider
Now that's confidence! Sony pictures has hired screenwriter Richard Wenk to pen a sequel to The Equalizer, the new crime thriller starring Denzel Washington, which is based on the '80's TV show of the same name. Wenk wrote the script for the first film, which isn't set to debut until September. However, recent test screenings have prompted the studio to move quickly on a sequel as results have been exceptional. From The Wrap: “The »
- Paul Shirey
The multi-talented and prolific Steven Soderbergh has long discussed his desire to retire from making films, so it came as no surprise when, in 2013, he finally took those steps and “transitioned” away from cinema. With a growing distaste for an industry more driven by the bottom-line than ever, Soderbergh is spreading his impressive wings and heading off-Broadway with Chloe Grace Moretz.
Working with a play written by his frequent collaborator Scott Z Burns (The Informant!, Contagion, Side Effects), Soderbergh will direct The Library at New York’s Public Theater, previewing on 25 March 2014. The play addresses the controversial subject of gun-control and high school shootings, focusing on a young survivor (Moretz), and the differences between the story she tells, and that told by other witnesses.
Oskar Eustis – the Artistic Director of The Public Theater – provided an inkling of the project in a press statement:
“The Library is about one of the »
- Sarah Myles
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