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We've told you about the movie adaptation of The Equalizer before. Based on the 1980s television series about a private detective who takes cases the cops can't handle, the project has been in development since 2005 and the most recent development had Russell Crowe starring and Paul Haggis writing the script. But that was over a year ago and now it looks like Crowe's American Gangster and Virtuosity co-star may be taking his place.

Coming Soon recently received a press release from Sony Pictures about a deal forged with Escape Artists and the announcement contained some interesting information about The Equalizer project. Listed with other upcoming projects such as a remake of Masters of the Universe, and Sex Tape, a new comedy from Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel, the entry for The Equalizer says that Denzel Washington is now being looked at to star and that Richard Wenk will be writing the script. Wenk's previous titles include the Bruce Willis thriller 16 Blocks, the remake of The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, and the upcoming Expendables 2. The announcement notes that Washington previously worked with Escape Artists on The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.

Obviously it sounds like this is far from a done deal, but it's an interesting proposition nonetheless. Washington's record since American Gangster hasn't been that great (mostly because he keeps working with Tony Scott), but this could be a really cool role for him. The only problem I see is the jackasses that come out of the wordwork to say that black actors shouldn't play characters originally played by white actors. For those people I will say: read this.