Sony Already Planning Sequel for ‘The Equalizer’ Movie Reboot

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After spending years in development hell, Sony’s theatrical reboot of The Equalizer is finally poised to hit theaters this fall. Will it be worth the wait? Sony certainly seems to think so, as the studio is already prepping a sequel.

Sony’s Equalizer reboot has traveled a long, winding road on its way to finally getting made. Russell Crowe was originally in talks to star, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis was floated as a possible director for the project. After Crowe and Haggis bowed out, Denzel Washington then came on board to play the titular character. Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was then set to take over as director but that plan didn’t work out either. Then Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) assumed the helmer’s chair (only to bow out quickly).

That all leads The Equalizer to its present day status as an almost completed film, starring Denzel, and directed by his former collaborator Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). The Equalizer enters wide release in September, and according to The Wrap, the current cut of the film is testing through the roof with focus groups. As a result, Sony now thinks that it has a franchise-worthy success on its hands, and has wasted no time in locking in screenwriter Richard Wenk to pen another installment.

Washington is also expected to end up reprising his role in The Equalizer 2, although nothing has been agreed upon between he and Sony (at least not publicly). In an interesting side note, Washington has never before appeared in a direct sequel during his illustrious career. That’s a distinction quite rare for an A-lister nowadays, and points to how famously choosy the actor can be when deciding what projects to work on. His entire filmography may not all be winners, but Washington has never felt pressured into films that he didn’t personally believe in – or to work with directors he didn’t respect.

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For those unfamiliar, The Equalizer was a CBS drama that aired from 1985-1989. It starred English actor Edward Woodward as former covert intelligence officer Robert McCall. Eventually growing tired of a life of espionage and morally questionable deeds, McCall chose to begin using his unique set of skills for good, offering services free of charge to those in need. Potential clients located McCall through the following classified newspaper ad: “Odds against you? Need help? Call the Equalizer. 212 555 4200.” No word on whether 2014′s Equalizer will communicate through an ad on Craigslist.

While it’s certainly not unheard of for an unreleased film to receive a green light for a sequel, the fact that Sony is this pleased with The Equalizer’s progress is definitely a good sign for its box office prospects. Denzel is an inspired choice for the lead role as well, fully capable of playing both the pathos involved in McCall’s quest for atonement, and the authoritative presence necessary for The Equalizer to strike fear in those who threaten his clients. Not to mention the fact that Mr. Washington is a proven box-office draw, with 2013′s action/comedy 2 Guns coming out of seemingly nowhere to claim #1 at the box office, and more than double its production budget in ticket sales.

The all-star supporting cast of The Equalizer also includes names like Chloe Grace Moretz, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo, as well as emerging talent like Haley Bennett and Marton Csokas. Between Denzel and his back-up, it’s easy to see why Sony has such high hopes for the film. For their sake, let’s hope they aren’t misplaced.

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The Equalizer hits theaters on September 26, 2014.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. This is going to be good.

    • Well, about time! Hope this one is good. I enjoyed Edward Woodward as The Equalizer…just hope they don’t have that AWFUL music plunking away all through the scenes at weird times. The theme song was good, but the guy doing the music apparently thought he would be a one-man band (keyboardist, actually) to save money, and was really irritating, as he doodled around all through the episodes on the keyboards like he thought it was all anout him and that any old key he pressed on his synthesizer or whatever sounded good n o matter where he placed it.
      Now if we get this one, plus Man From Uncle, plus Doc Savage rolling, I will be pleased as punch (well, maybe just pleased…don’t wanna get punched!).

      • f.y.i. the theme song, and most of the music, was composed by stuart copeland, the drummer for the band The Police. He is a talented musician. i’m sorry you thought he was making it all about him. i disagree. i hope he comes back and does the music for the film/s.

        • I think the music was brilliant. Watch an episode like Beyond Control and tell me that’s not an integral part of what makes that a terrific episode. The thing that bothers me about this interation is the lack of a Control – type character. He’s such an important antagonist for McCall because he’s so shady. I do agree about the lack of buzz for this one, but hope they can bring him back in some form. Perhaps the lack of comments here suggest the same.

      • It was the 80′s.

  2. Yea, sure…just like After Earth had a planned sequel and The Lone Ranger had a planned sequel.

    Nothing is guaranteed until they count the box office receipts, and my impression is that studios like to announce “planned sequels” to attempt to elevate buzz for movies.

  3. What’s up with Hollywood lately planning sequels before the first movie has even come out?

    • Read my comments above…that’s why. They’re just hoping to plant a seed in people’s minds that it’s a good movie, one worthy of a sequel. It’s not the first time that a sequel has been advertised without one actually happening.

      Box office receipts…not an ad campaign…will be the determining factor.

  4. One things a given, Denzel will be great.

    He may not have done any sequels but he’s certainly done variations of this type of character.

    So we’ve got Alonzo – Training Day, Creasy – Man on Fire, Eli – Book of Eli, Frost – Safe House.

    I suppose you could add Frank Lucas but only really that quiet deadly authority, Frank wasn’t a skilled man in the same sense as the others.

  5. This could be good…..

  6. If this is anything like “Safe House”, this will be good!

  7. Yet another example of a TV show that was abruptly pulled from the viewers ,and replaced by unthinking crap. The Equalizer was well acted by a great cast. I’m glad to see that this has had a reincarnation not unlike that of Star Trek where the viewers knew more then those who say what lives and dies on the air.