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Last year we reported that a movie based on the '80s TV series The Equalizer was picking up steam and had gained Russell Crowe as a potential star. He was attached to play Robert McCall, a former spy who offers his services to everyday people, free of charge, in order to help them find justice. With a premise somewhat similar to The A-Team, it was starting to look like the movie might have been put on hold due to the disappointing box office numbers for The A-Team movie. As it turns out, the project is still in development but Russell Crowe is no longer involved. Instead, he has been replaced by his American Gangster co-star Denzel Washington. The update comes courtesy of Coming Soon, who got a hold of a press release from Sony Pictures announcing the extension of their deal with Escape Artists. The Equalizer is listed as »
Beyond the addition of Paul Haggis (Quantum of Solace) as screenwriter, there has been virtually nothing heard about the planned big screen adaptation of The Equalizer TV show since it was first revealed back in June 2010 that Russel Crowe was attached to star in it. Though the project was presumed to be dead in the water, it appears that it is alive and kicking, albeit with a different A-list actor in the lead.
According to THR, the movie is still in development at Escape Artists — the production company which recently had its first-look, non-exclusive deal with Sony Pictures re-upped for three more years — but Crowe is out and two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Glory) is in.
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- BrentJS Sprecher
Sony have pushed the proposed remake to their production shingle Escape Artists, who made The Taking of Pelham 123 remake, and just like that movie they once again have Washington “in mind” to star. The part does call for a middle-aged but sympathetic vigilante and this is definitely the sort of movie that Washington likes to be attracted to and come to think of it if he can gauge the interest of Tony Scott, this would be yet another entry in their older leading man action movies (Man on Fire, Deja Vu, Pelham 123, Unstoppable, etc).
- Matt Holmes
Some great casting news out of nowhere. In the latest Sony Pictures announcement (via ComingSoon) that they are extending its first look deal with production company Escape Artists, it was mentioned that one of the projects they are currently working on is The Equalizer, an adaptation of the 80's TV series. We've heard of the project before, as it had Paul Haggis writing at one point. But the report now mentions that Denzel Washington is attached to star with Richard Wenk (16 Blocks, The Mechanic, Expendables 2) on the script, and Variety has backed it up with confirmed casting that he's attached. Denzel is The Equalizer! The Equalizer was a CBS show from the 80's that followed Robert McCall, an agent with a mysterious past who once worked for a top-secret agency where he did some pretty horrible things. The gritty and violent series follows his exploits as he decides to »
- Alex Billington
We've told you about the movie adaptation of The Equalizer before. Based on the 1980s television series about a private detective who takes cases the cops can't handle, the project has been in development since 2005 and the most recent development had Russell Crowe starring and Paul Haggis writing the script. But that was over a year ago and now it looks like Crowe's American Gangster and Virtuosity co-star may be taking his place. Coming Soon recently received a press release from Sony Pictures about a deal forged with Escape Artists and the announcement contained some interesting information about The Equalizer project. Listed with other upcoming projects such as a remake of Masters of the Universe, and Sex Tape, a new comedy from Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, the entry for The Equalizer says that Denzel Washington is now being looked at to star and that Richard Wenk will be writing »
Last year, there was news that Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe would have a Next Three Days Reunion on The Equalizer, a film version of the ’80s action show. Escape Artists would be producing the update, which would presumably follow the same path as the original series: A man named Robert McCall works for “The Agency,” offering services that include “troubleshooter.” Things naturally progress from there.
B But you might be well-advised to get suspicious about a project that goes virtually silent for more than a year, and this is no exception. As a press release from the company (via ComingSoon) informs us, the director and star won’t be lending their skills to the Richard Wenk screenplay, though Escape Artists might have found someone else — their press release also says that the project is “being developed with Denzel Washington in mind to star.” Maybe that means he’s ready to jump onboard, »
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If Sony Pictures get their way, Denzel Washington of “Training Day” and “Man on Fire” fame will board their big-screen adaptation of the vigilante TV show “The Equalizer”. That’s a big If, since the project has gone through numerous big names, and apparently none have stuck. So, Denzel Washington as The Equalizer? An ex-spook with seriously badass skills to right wrongs and kick ass for the little guy? That’s a total no-brainer. He would slay the role. Of course, this isn’t the first time a big name has been attached to “The Equalizer”. It wasn’t all that long ago that Paul Haggis (“Crash”) was talking about re-teaming with his “The Next Three Days” star Russell Crowe on the project. And before then, Jason Statham was talking up the role. Today has Richard Wenk (“The Expendables 2″) adapting the ’80s TV show for Sony, with the studio pursuing Washington to star. »
Escape Artists’s first-look deal with Sony Pictures has been reupped, extending the relationship between the two companies through 2015. Escape Artists has been with Sony since 1998, and produced its first film independently in 2001: A Knight’s Tale. The relationship between Sony and Escape Artists has birthed The Pursuit of Happyness, Seven Pounds, and the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Included in the release is news of Escape Artists’s upcoming slate. An interesting tidbit included mentions that Denzel Washington is now attached to the feature film adaptation of the 1980s CBS crime series The Equalizer. The project was initially developed for Russell Crowe and director Paul Haggis, but this new report only makes mention of Washington and producer Alex Siskind. Hit the jump to find out what else the upcoming Escape Artist slate includes. Another film mentioned in THR's report on the matter includes the »
- Adam Chitwood
Well, here's an update to a project we sort of totally forgot about. As you might remember, over a year ago it was announced that Sony were looking to bring the hit 1980s series "The Equalizer" to the big screen with Paul Haggis in talks to write the project for his pal Russell Crowe (they had just wrapped up "The Next Three Days"). Well, that iteration won't come to pass as in Sony's announcement today about their extended first look deal with the production shingle Escape Artists, they reveal another actor may take the part. No stranger to the Escape Artists offices have starred in their remake of "The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3," Denzel Washington is now "in mind" to star. The television series combined elements of the spy and private investigator genres, and followed an aging man (played by Edward Woodward) who offers his services as a »
Sony Pictures announced today it has extended its first-look deal with Escape Artists, and part of the announcement revealed that they are looking at Denzel Washington to star in The Equalizer , based on the TV series. Here's the full announcement: Sony Pictures Entertainment has extended its first-look non-exclusive deal with Escape Artists, the independently financed film and television production company headed by partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The three-year deal renews Sony Pictures' relationship with the company, which has been headquartered at the studio since 1998. Recent Escape Artists films for Sony Pictures »
To his credit, Paul Haggis has not used the fact that his coming-out party as director, "Crash" won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, to churn out a series of Oscar-bait films. Instead, the "Due South" creator has mostly stuck to the kind of middlebrow thrillers to which he's suited, ranging from the superior ("In The Valley Of Elah", "Casino Royale") to the ridiculous ("Quantum of Solace," "The Next Three Days"). The writer-director hasn't yet chosen his next project, but has been circling a few, mostly within his comfort zone: a possible remake of "The Equalizer," with Russell Crowe, an… »
11 items from 2011
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