Over the summer, I wrote about a big screen adaptation of The Equalizer that was headed our way with Russell Crowe attached to star and a script coming from writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash). However, now the tables have turned and according to Coming Soon, Crowe has been replaced by Denzel Washington and Haggis is out too. A recent press release from Sony Pictures shows that Denzel is being pursued to star in the Equalizer project with Richard Wenk (16 Blocks, The Mechanic) writing the script.
I can remember as a kid The Equalizer (1985) being one of my favorite shows, because it fit the mold of a lot of my other favorite series at the time The A-Team, Miami Vice and Spenser: For Hire. The Equalizer starred the late Edward Woodward as a detective for hire who would help even the score for victims in trouble. He sometimes had to get his hands a little more dirty than usual, if you catch my drift. As you can see the premise was very similar to what went down on the A-Team and Spenser: For Hire.
I'm psyched for this adaptation, and like Denzel for the lead role much more than Russell Crowe. Crowe would have worked, but Denzel is so much fun to watch in a tough guy role/detective role. I think Denzel's upcoming performance in the action flick Safe House (February 10, 2012) will get me even more pumped up for The Equalizer, if he in fact joins the project.