The last time Antoine Fuqua directed Denzel Washington in a film, it lead to Washington winning an Oscar. Training Day ,I am sure you will agree, is a monster of a film with Washington giving a ferocious but sickly likable performance that is very hard to hate. The pair just might be re-teaming for the long gestating movie adaptation of 80’s TV series, The Equalizer.
In the beginning it was Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Valhalla Rising) who has going to direct, but he could not see eye to eye with Washington (who has been involved from the start) and sadly left the project. Second up was Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt, and again, sadly, he left due to scheduling conflicts. Now Deadline has reported that Antoine Fuqua is in talks to finally get the adaptation made. Fresh off directing Olympus Has Fallen, here is a man ready to move on to his next project with no scheduling conflicts, and a good relationship with Washington (who will both star in and produce the film).
Fuqua has previously directed some impressive films, including Training Day, King Arthur, Shooter, Brooklyn’s Finest and the upcoming Olympus Has Fallen. He is currently attached to a documentary about legendary rap music boss Suge Night, plus three other films, but he just might move on to The Equalizer next. It would make sense as Sony Pictures and Escape Artists have already set a production begin date of late Spring.
The original series starred Edward Woodward, Robert Lansing and Keith Szarabajka, and the synopsis went like this:
Robert McCall is “The Equalizer”, a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don’t know how to solve. His no-nonsense attitude, compassion, and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations makes him a powerful and useful detective.
Production is expected to begin by the end of Spring 2013, with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan (the show’s original co-creator), and Washington himself producing, and David Bloomfield as executive producer.