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Nicolas Winding Refn to Direct 'The Equalizer' with Denzel Washington

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December 7, 2012
Source: Variety

The Equalizer / Denzel Washington

Congratulations, Sony. You now have my attention for this adaptation of the 80s TV series The Equalizer. The project sounded like it might have a chance to be cool with Denzel Washington taking the lead role just over a year ago. But now Variety reports Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn currently has an offer to direct the film, and negotiations for a deal should begin soon. Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) is behind the script, and apparently a lot of directors, including Gavin O' Connor (Warrior) and Pierre Morel (Taken) were after the job. But Washington gave his seal of approval for Refn to direct.

For those who aren't familiar with the series, The Equalizer 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 sounds like a role that will be similar to Washington's praised turn in Man of Fire, one of the actor's finest performances and maybe the best film that the late Tony Scott ever made.

This would certainly be Refn's most high profile project should a deal be finalized, and it's interesting to see him moving towards bigger studio films now. Of course, Refn has been interested in a property like Wonder Woman for awhile, so he definitely has a taste for some mainstream projects (or at least doing them in his own way). Teaming Refn with Washington should wield some interesting results, especially after what the director did with Ryan Gosling in Drive. Here's  hoping it comes together quickly so we can see it sooner than later.

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Reader Feedback - 11 Comments

1

I was pretty sure that the world was ending until this moment.

Ray Hartley on Dec 7, 2012

2

or Bronson. let's face it. Refn get's crazy awesome performers from already great talent

totes on Dec 7, 2012

3

performances***

totes on Dec 7, 2012

4

I saw the names Denzel Washington & Nicolas Winding Refn, and immediately smiled. This is a recipe for pure epicness!

cg on Dec 7, 2012

5

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Manuel on Dec 7, 2012

6

Who's gonna play Control?

BloodwerK on Dec 7, 2012

7

I wonder what this will mean for Refn's Logan's Run project over at Warner Bros. Any update on which he will shoot next?

Renovatio430 on Dec 7, 2012

8

Refn is the new Scorsese! This is great news!

avi on Dec 7, 2012

9

This sounds great but I`d rather see Refn do smaller interesting projects than big budget generic "boringness" but as long as he does movies I will be happy

Busted on Dec 8, 2012

10

1980's New York is kindo gone though, will Denzel be chasing down hipsters for not having breaks on their bikes? The Equalizer ruled when I was a kid, I watched it mainly to see the graffiti, it wasn't pretend set painting like nowadays, it was real. I knew some guys that would pause episodes of the show and copy it. Up for giving it a chance anyways,

Carpola on Dec 8, 2012

11

Another little bit of White history being stolen by the parasitic creatures.

Sam Norte on Dec 10, 2012

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