Antoine Fuqua to Reteam with Denzel Washington for 'The Equalizer'?
by Ben Pearson
March 21, 2013
As his White House takeover movie Olympus Has Fallen hits theaters tomorrow, director Antoine Fuqua is on the hunt for a new project. Deadline reports that he may have just found one, as the helmer is in early talks to take over directing duties on The Equalizer, a film that would reunite him with his Training Day Oscar winner Denzel Washington. Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe were once set to direct and star, then Denzel slipped into the lead role, Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn came and went, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt was the latest contender before he dropped out as well. Read on!
The film is a riff on the 80s television show of the same name, featuring a solitary former special ops badass who helps people in need. This doesn't sound like the kind of movie that could win anybody another Oscar, but obviously this is a project that has had trouble hanging onto potential directors and maybe Fuqua and Washington's previous working relationship will settle things down and actually result in a good thing for both of them. Filming starts this summer in Boston, and a release date is already set for April 11th, 2014.
Fuqua was recently supposed to direct a film based on the TV series "24," but that's no longer happening because star Kiefer Sutherland couldn't reach a deal with 20th Century Fox and had to jump back into filming his series "Touch." Fuqua was also slated to work with Gerard Butler two more times, on an action flick called Hunter Killer and a comic book movie called Afterburn, neither of which has actually happened. We're glad he finally has another movie in theaters (action fans should love Olympus Has Fallen), so hopefully this deal comes through quickly and he can be the one who finally brings The Equalizer to the big screen since Sony seems determined not to let this project die.