Denzel Washington is attached to star in the film version of the classic 1980’s TV series “The Equalizer” in development at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Escape Artists says Variety.
Edward Woodward starred in the classic CBS television series about Robert McCall, a former operative of a covert intelligence organisation who seeks redemption for his dark past via offering his services to those being persecuted and in need of help.
Combining his skills both investigative and deadly, McCall brings justice to various hoodlums, killers, dealers, rapists and other scum on the streets of New York City. He also performed assignments for the head of his former organisation and dealt with his estranged son.
The show was noted for its memorable theme tune, McCall’s signature Jaguar XJ6 car, and its realistic handling of the spy world with sometimes brutal violence and a lack of fancy gadgets.
The project has been in development for years originally at The Weinstein Company back in 2005 before Escape Artists picked it up. A little over a year ago Washington’s “American Gangster” co-star Russell Crowe was attached as the lead while Paul Haggis was to write the script.
Richard Wenk (“The Mechanic,” “Expendables 2”) has now been hired to pen the latest draft. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce.