Director Rupert Wyatt to Replace Nicolas Winding Refn on 'The Equalizer'

Denzel Washington is attached to star in Sony's remake of the 1980s TV show about a highly-trained recluse who helps those in need.
Rupert Wyatt is in talks to direct The Equalizer remake
Rupert Wyatt is in talks to direct The Equalizer remake
After Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt parted ways with the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, many wondered which project this filmmaker would tackle next. It seems that now we may have our answer, with news that the director is in talks to take on The Equalizer remake for Sony Pictures.

Denzel Washington is attached to star as a former spy who despises injustice and now lives a solitary, reclusive life. He devotes all his time and energy to stop helpless people from being victimized. The original TV series The Equalizer, which starred Edward Woodward, ran for four seasons from 1985 to 1989.

We reported in December that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) was locked in to direct, but that deal apparently never went through.

Rupert Wyatt will direct from a screenplay by Richard Wenk, with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Michael Sloan, and Tony Eldridge producing. No production schedule was given for this $50 million project.

The Equalizer comes to theaters September 26th, 2014 and stars Chloe Moretz, Denzel Washington, Melissa Leo, Haley Bennett, Marton Csokas, Vladimir Kulich, Johnny Messner, Robert Wahlberg. The film is directed by Antoine Fuqua.



Sources: Deadline

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Comments (4)

  1. thedude-abides

    @narrator Lol. True. He was probably an assassin to boot, which is even more disconcerting...

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  2. the Narrator

    Hopefully, @thedude-abides. Though, I find it funny that this former "spy" despises injustice... he's a goddamn spy! How the hell is his moral compass even functioning? That's a problem I have with stories like this. Pet peeve..

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  3. thedude-abides

    Shame. I was really looking forward to this one. Hopefully this finds NWR moving on to something even better.

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