Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe Re-Teaming for 'The Equalizer'
We missed out reporting the news back in June that Russell Crowe was attached to a big screen adaptation of the 80's television show The Equalizer. Now Heat Vision reports screenwriter Paul Haggis, fresh off directing Crowe in the forthcoming thriller The Next Three Days, is negotiating to write the adaptation. The series 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 right wrongs against the persecuted by settling scores with their antagonists and assorted miscreants.
It's unclear who will direct the adaptation, but there's still a chance that Haggis may take that responsibility himself. He's yet to line-up a follow-up to The Next Three Days so it's certainly in the cards. Though the adaptation seems to be following in the footsteps of an 80's revival on the big screen (with the success of The Karate Kid and The A-Team), it's actually been in development with The Weinstein Company for quite some time. However, now the property is in the hands of producers Mace Neufeld (The Hunt for Red October), Alex Siskin (Mr. Deeds) and Escape Artists, the company behind The Taking of Pellham 123 and Seven Pounds. Though no studio is yet on board, the talents of Crowe and Haggis together again will certainly reel one of them in. Anyone interested?