Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe Re-Teaming for 'The Equalizer'

September 28, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Haggis / Crowe

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?

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Russel Crowe looks like a fat version of Eddie Vedder

Jason Wallis on Sep 28, 2010


Yes, but not wit Russell Crow as McCall.

Angrybell on Sep 28, 2010


Daniel Craig would be a better fit for the Edward Woodward role, I think. At least he can do an English accent! 😉

Mathieu on Sep 28, 2010


The equalizer must be made soon!!! Now with Crowe as McCall, hmmm i quite reserved. BTW, Paul Haggis looks like Hector Elizondo...

Iggypop on Sep 28, 2010


Russell would do a wonderful job, no matter the director - Everyone's got an opinion, So mine is that the ones who diss him, your just jealous or you wouldn't waste your time making unkind comments. He can drop the weight when needed, when its not necessary, then who cares as long as the movie is something he enjoys doing and he is offered the part. At this point he doesn't need to ever do another movie to make a living, I do believe that has been taken care of. He only chooses scripts that interest him, if it doesn't, he doesn't bother. My opinion.

holly wilson on Sep 28, 2010


Used to watch the Equalizer with my mum and dad, New York at that time was quite mad in real life and I think the show reflected that. I'd watch Russell Crowe beat up bad guys for sures, maybe he'll be one of the sidekicks Woodward had? Mickey or Jimmy.

Crapola on Sep 29, 2010


That's an old picture of Russell. His weight is fine these days. He's one of the greatest living actors.... I hate to see him wasting his time and talent on a TV show remake.

macca on Oct 2, 2010

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