Apparently it didn’t work out with “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn, who was previously supposed to direct the film starring Denzel Washington as a retired badass who must reclaim his badassness when bad guys start doing bad guy stuff to nice people, like a nice young hooker who our hero has coffee with every morning. Purely for conversation, mind you.
Trade rumors have Rupert Wyatt, late of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” taking over the directing gig, though the two sides are apparently in the “early talks” stage, which mean it might not happen at all.
“The Equalizer”, based on the TV show of the same name, would star Washington as Robert McCall, a former black ops operator for the U.S. Government who has retired to a simple life of sleeping and working at a Home Depot (in the most recent draft of the script). Until, that is, he is provoked and must dish out justice to bad people.
Sony Pictures had previously slotted the film for 2014, but unless Wyatt actually signs on this year, that’s probably a tad optimistic. The film wouldn’t really cost that much to make, though Washington will get $20 million of that budget. Then again, it is absolutely a role that Washington would kill in, and if it eventually gets made, I think it would be a pretty bit hit.
Via : Deadline