In a news announcement so generic it literally could have been released on any day over the past 15 years, Sony announced today it would be taking a 1980s TV and updating it into a gritty action film. Oh, and Denzel Washington will star as a brooding cop. Gee—cinematic remake of an ‘80s TV show? Check. Denzel Washington playing a cop? Check. Gosh, can we see if Tony Scott is available for this sucker?
Denzel Washington seems to be slipping back into his late 1990s/ early 2000s typecasting (see: The Bone Collector, The Siege, Out of Time, Man on Fire, Deja Vu) as a moody, broody law enforcement officer—the gifted actor has just been selected as the lead in Sony’s update of The Equalizer, a 1980s TV series.
In the series, Edward Woodward starred as Robert McCall (a.k.a., “The Equalizer”), a private detective whose “no-nonsense attitude and passion for justice made him the go-to for scores of people in trouble.” Richard Wenk, who recently co-wrote The Expendables 2 with Sylvester Stallone, will assume the writing duties.
Sony has already laid down an April 8th, 2013 production start date, and are currently negotiating Washington’s $20 million price tag—though, as Cinema Blend points out, that’s nearly half of the film’s $50 million budget, meaning the film is going to shoot for a relatively down and dirty $30 million.
With the remaining budget, Sony is reportedly chasing after such directors as Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Pierre Morel (Taken), Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), and Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption).
Specific plot details are not available, but rest assured, Denzel will appear grim and occasionally raise his voice at others in a one-man-against-the-system battle of justice.
What do you think of The Equalizer news?