Nicolas Winding Refn Eyes Denzel Washington Starrer THE EQUALIZER
Well, Drive fans, Sony and Escape Artists have found their director for a big-screen adaptation of the 1980s TV show The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington.
After months of trying to settle on a name, Drive and Bronson helmer Nicolas Winding Refn is now directing his first big budget studio picture.
Well, to be honest, Refn has only received an offer, with negotiations expected to start shortly, assuming the project will go into production in late spring of 2013. The Equalizer is scheduled for an April 11th, 2014 release.
Washington stars as Robert McCall, a vet covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and people in need find him through a newspaper ad:
Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.
The original series was created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim and starred Edward Woodward, but this time Richard Wenk penned the script.
Refn had long been deemed the frontrunner for the coveted job because he has proven he can deliver a quality movie under a tight budget. The studio is looking to make the film at a moderate budget of around $50 million-$60 million.
Refn is currently in post production on the thriller Only God Forgives starring Ryan Gosling, which will premiere on May 23th, 2013.