After winning international attention and acclaim with the challenging Ryan Gosling vehicle Drive, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn was a fascinating new prospect to Hollywood producers. In 2012, he was being considered for the helm of Sony's The Equalizer, which already had A-lister Denzel Washington attached. By the time The Equalizer began shooting, Refn was a footnote in its preproduction, and Training Day director Antoine Fuqua had won the gig. So what happened?
While visiting the set of The Equalizer, 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.
Asked about the road to finding the right director for the project, Todd Black told us:
Fair enough. Emotionally vulnerable protagonists aren't something Nicolas Winding Refn has shown much interest in. But what about Rupert Wyatt? Despite all its CGI and sci-fi, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is flush with emotion, at least from its ape characters. Black explained:
Looking at the timeline, Antoine Fuqua was in talks just ahead of Olympus Has Fallen's big debut. But that hit flick isn't what secured him the helm. Black offered:
So The Equalizer reteams Training Day's star and director. See how this reunion worked out when The Equalizer opens September 26th.
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