Equalizer film moves forward
The last we heard about the film version of the superb Equalizer television series which starred the superb Edward Woodward, it was being written by Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe was being looked at for the lead. Not so now.
The latest news is that Richard Wenk is writing the script and Denzel Washington is the next one in line for the role.
Escape Artists are the company on the production after they renewed their deal with Sony for an additional three years, and they were behind films such as The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (Filmstalker review) and Seven Pounds (Filmstalker review), so they've got some good experience there.
The announcement through Variety tells us that both Denzel Washington and Richard Wenk are on board the project and that the script is yet to be written. Another in a list of writers and stars attached to the project, you can read more about the history of the project right here. Thankfully the new article does tell us a little about the story, but not anymore than we know from the series.
The Equalizer will follow a former secret agent who becomes a private agent for hire, hoping to help others so that he can atone for what he feels he has done wrong in the past.
Edward Woodward was excellent in the television series which was superb and provided for a darker tone than most series at the time.
Wenk, the new writer, previously wrote The Mechanic (Filmstalker review), 16 Blocks (Filmstalker review) and wrote and directed Vamp - no skip that last one. As for the first two they had good elements of action and The Mechanic certainly had a bit more meat and a darker element to it than most films of the same type and story.
What I do hope is that some of that original series bleeds through into the film version and we see something more than a standard action film. We need something darker and a bit more serious in tone for this character, he's not just atoning for something that wasn't really his fault and he blames himself which in the end he gets forgiven for. He's guilty of some serious stuff, and things we never truly find out about but do see how badly it has affected the character and still affects his life.
Certainly, Washington could carry off that kind of character.