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He’s been a “Gladiator”, an “Insider”, and he’s even taken up the mantle of “Robin Hood”. Now Russell Crowe is set to become … “The Equalizer”. Or at least, the big-screen version of the ’80s CBS action-adventure show that originally starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a British chap who used to work for a shadowy agency doing shadowy things, before mending his ways by righting wrongs and saving the weak and picked upon. Basically, “Death Wish” with an accent.
The LATimes reports that Crowe has been attached to the movie, which will follow in the footsteps of other ’80s remakes like “The Karate Kid”, which recently wiped the box office with “The A-Team” over the weekend. Though “The Equalizer” has more in common with “The A-Team” than “Karate Kid”, since both movies are based on ’80s action-adventure TV shows.
“The Equalizer” has been in the works for a while now, with Jason Statham originally attached. Mace Neufeld is producing, and the film is currently under development and is looking for a studio home.