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Training Day Director Antoine Fuqua Eyes Denzel Washington’s Equalizer

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Despite a couple of setbacks, Denzel Washington isn’t allowing his pet project, a film adaptation of the 1980s television drama The Equalizer, gather dust.

First, Drive director Nicholas Refn Winding jumped ship, then Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt recently left the project. But now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington and Sony Pictures may already have found a replacement.

Antoine Fuqua, whose Olympus Has Fallen opened today, is in talks to joint he project, which would reunite him with his Training Day star Washington. The actor won an Academy Award for that role, so you can imagine he’s motivated to make this pairing happen.

Washington will play Robert McCall, who in thel1985-1989 CBS TV series spent his time roaming around offering his very specific skill set as a former intelligence officer to people free of charge as a form of penance for past deeds.


  • Orphan

    Could be cool could be crap.I always wondered what happened to this show.Denzel with a british accent?Hope they reference the original Mc Call somehow.Could be the next I Spy or Wild Wild West…shudder to think.

  • YoYoMa

    This will be good. Fuqua is a pretty good director and Washington lends credit to the project which will likely signs some quality co stars.

  • Toph

    I’m guessing they’re turning this into the “American Equalizer”. I doubt Washington can pull off being a Brit (I don’t think he should even try).

    The fact that there has had a revolving door of directors doesn’t give me high hopes for this project seeing the big screen any time soon.