Antoine Fuqua Will Re-Team with Denzel Washington on The Equalizer

Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua on the set of Training Day (2001) Movie Image

King Kong ain’t got nothin’ on Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington.

The two men who gave us “Training Day” (and, uh, the guy who actually wrote the script, of course), is said to be re-teaming for “The Equalizer”, a big-screen adaptation of the ’80s TV show that Washington has been attached to for quite some time, though finding a director has been a tad problematic.

The Equalizer Season 2 DVD CoverFuqua, who is currently doing the promo rounds for his “Die Hard in the White House” movie “Olympus has Fallen”, is now said to be in “early talks” to helm the action picture.

In the movie, Washington would play a retired CIA black ops operative living a quiet, lonely existence when bad guys start doing bad things to people he cares about, forcing our hero to return to his badass ways as a vigilante. Basically, it’s a role that Washington has been playing for years now without even breathing hard. It’s so in his wheelhouse it’s not even funny.

Sony Pictures has been high on the film for a while now, and has even set a 2014 release date despite losing a couple of directors along the way. The film will be budgeted at around $50 million, and honestly, most of that will be to pay for Washington’s salary, as the script by Richard Wenk that I read doesn’t really require a whole lot of special effects, though there are a couple of really nifty “Kato vision” like sequences when Washington’s McCall jumps into action.

The idea, of course, is to turn this into an action franchise for Washington. Now if only they can find a role for Ethan Hawke, too, and they could just call this “Training Day 2: Retirement’s a Bitch”.

Via : Deadline