I had the chance to sit down with the film's producer Todd Black. Excited about his gritty spin-off of the 1980s crime series, Black offered plenty of details on the production as well why Refn was dropped as a contender for its director's chair.
Between takes on a scene that had its hero kicking ass and demanding to know where hostages are held, we sat down with Denzel Washington, director Antoine Fuqua, and producer Todd Black to learn what makes The Equalizer tick.
Antoine Fuqua's last film, Olympus Has Fallen, was a big box office success when it came out last year, and this fall he is back working with his Training Day star Denzel Washington on the television show adaptation The Equalizer. These projects have gotten people excited, and as a result, some big studios are now courting him to helm three fairly significant upcoming projects.
Washington as Robert McCall, a former black ops commando trying to live a normal, anonymous life in Boston after faking his own death. When he becomes involved with a young woman (Chloe Moretz) in trouble with the Russian mafia, however, he can't help himself but get sucked back into his old ways helping the helpless against overpowering authority.
With the first poster having been released last week, it’s very clear that we will soon be seeing the first trailer for the new action thriller The Equalizer. While we’re still waiting for the footage to drop online, however, today we have a whole gallery of new images.
Before Law and Order started its crusade to clean up the streets (and employ Broadway actors) of New York, there was one man who was waging war on crime: Robert McCall, also known as The Equalizer. If you needed help with anything criminal, unsavory, or just plain unfair, this former intelligence agent would help you – free of charge. All you had to do was give him a call.
In 2014, franchises are all studios have, and every original film is a chance to launch a couple of sequels that they might be able to promote to audiences based not on demand, but familiarity. And now, we’re getting two more, so deal with it, sequel-haters.
The series centered on Robert McCall, a former government agent who uses his detective skills to give help to the helpless in a vigilante good guy kind of way. His creedo was essentially, "Got a problem? Need help? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer"--or so read his yellow pages advert.
Based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, The Equalizer will star Washington as Robert McCall, a former covert agent who hires out his services to those in need. Leo will play McCall's colleague, who clues him in on his clients and adversaries. Moretz will play the female lead, a teen prostitute named Teri, and for his part, Meunier will play her pimp, a brutal and sleazy Russian called Slavi.
Washington will star in the movie as a man named McCalll, a retired covert operative who gets into the business of helping people in helpless situations. The site says that Leo's character will provide him with "intelligence about who he is facing when he runs up against a new adversary."
The New Zealander has been in tons of popular films over the past decade or so, though he’s usually kept to more generic roles. He’s currently filming Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and has both Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For coming to theaters before Spider-Man.
Based on a chemistry reading Moretz had with Washington, both the star and the producers were impressed enough with Moretz to give her a shot. They’ll be retooling the character a bit, but she would be playing a young prostitute, drawing instant comparisons to Jodie Foster’s transformational role in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.
Washington will be stepping into the shoes of Edward Woodward's Robert McCall a former intelligence officer who works to help disenfranchised people being stepped on and "equalize" the odds.
The upcoming adaptation of the 80s action television series The Equalizer, which has Denzel Washington set to star, has been having a bit of trouble holding on to a director. At first it looked as though Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was going to make the film...
Now that he is no longer helming the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the Hollywood is director Rupert Wyatt's oyster. Not only is he coming off a movie that made $481 million at the global box office, Rise was also a smash hit with critics and was one of the best reviewed movies to come out during the summer of 2011, which combined has made Wyatt one of the most sought after filmmakers working right now.