Denzel Washington Now Attached as 'The Equalizer' in Sony's Movie
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 right wrongs against the persecuted by settling scores with their antagonists and assorted miscreants. Originally, Russell Crowe was going to star, but now it looks like they've changed direction entirely and setup with Washington instead. It states in the initial press release: "The project is being developed with Denzel Washington in mind to star and Alex Siskind is partnered with Escape Artists to produce." No director is named yet, so we'll have to keep watching on how this develops.
Escape Artists have numerous other projects in the works in addition to The Equalizer, even though this is one of the key ones mentioned. The others include Sex Tape, with Jason Segel, a Masters of the Universe movie, How To Disappear Completely based on the Swedish film Vitus, Great Hope Springs and a comedy called I Want to _ Your Sister, written by Melissa Stack. We'll keep you updated on as much of this we can.