Is Russell Crowe ‘The Equalizer’?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:15 pm,

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Love him or hate him, Russell Crowe is a powerful cinematic presence who refuses to play the usual Hollywood game. A man’s man and an actor’s actor it would seem that for the last decade or so Crowe has (for the most part) successfully walked the fine line between art and commerce. Even his recent Robin Hood film wasn’t the usual smash and grab Hollywood production that it could have been.

Now it seems as if Crowe may be about to make the biggest commercial decision of his career. He could be slipping into Edward Woodward’s trench coat for a big screen version of The Equalizer.

The Equalizer was a 1980s CBS series which followed the late Woodward as Robert McCall, a former undercover operative who helps those in need. Sort of like a grittier, one man A-Team. A film version of The Equalizer has been mooted for years – it was previously in development at The Weinstein Company.

According to the LA Times, the film version is now being ushered forward by Mace Neufeld (the man behind the Jack Ryan films) and Alex Siskin as well as the production company Escape Artists (The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3).

On the surface it may appear that Crowe and a television adaptation make strange bedfellows, but if you look at the talent involved, as well as the concept, you can see how The Equalizer could be a sophisticated action thriller – the type of film that Crowe knocks out of the part (LA Confidential anyone?).

It’s also important to note that Crowe recently starred in the great State of Playwhich was an adaptation of the brilliant British miniseries.

Neufield’s Jack Ryan films have the right amount of thrills and plot to make them more than throwaway action films and there’s a good chance that The Equalizer could follow suit. Like the Ryan films the idea of The Equalizer offers plenty of sequel potential – The Sequelizer, if you will.

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While the film is currently in development, there is no director or script for the project yet and I can only imagine that Crowe’s contract is subject to approval of both. It could take a while for this to hit the screen, not such a bad thing considering that a few years would bring Crowe closer to Woodward’s age in the original show.

All this talk of Edward Woodward has reminded me of the old joke:

Why is there four D’s in Edward Woodward? Otherwise he’d be known as Ewar Woowar. If you didn’t laugh the first time, say it out loud – it’s funnier!

What do you think of Russell Crowe as the Equalizer? Who else would you like to see involved in the project?

Source: LA Times

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  1. wasnt he an englishman? hmmmmmm

    • So was Robin Longstride.

  2. Looks like a perfect fit to me.
    Loved the show and love Crowe.

    “A man’s man and an actor’s actor” —
    Well said and that says it all about Crowe.

    In the end his record will place him among the greats.

  3. Another remake I’m not going to support.

    • me either man, nor have i supported that robin hood movie with crowe, its not that i dont like hime, i do have some of his movies, just…well ehh, i cant even bing myself to type it LOL

  4. Is that because of the original show or on principle against blatant remakeitus? I liked Woodward in the original. I wish they would’ve decided to make it a TV series again instead of a movie and cast someone closer to Woodward, a Shakespearean actor with more class. That was another one of the things that I liked about the show. Everyone could easily underestimate Woodward. That will be something Crowe will have to work on. He has far too much credit as an action star than a classy ex-SAS/CIA agent. Did ya hear Crowe is suppose to star in a “Westworld” remake? In my opinion that’s more his style…

    • aww man! god hollywood, ENOUGH with the freakin remakes!!!! yul brynner is rolling over in his grave about now!!!

  5. In principal OldMan.
    Equalizer was a decent show in a time when we didn’t have that much on tv.
    This remake not only spits in my cinematic face its nothing we haven’t seen a million times already. Adding Crowe to the mix their just sticking it in and breaking it off.

  6. Really Anthony these not heads will have to see more red on the bottom line though before they wake up.

    Hmm 790 “offensively boring” I think you might have found a new description for the dried up crust in the studio idea barrel…

  7. I like the show as it was, leave it alone please.

    • Woodward is still a badass by the way.

  8. Don’t like Crowe, don’t like remakes, don’t like the original show so i wont be bothering with this. Last Crowe movie i watched was American Gangster and whatever Crowe may once have had is long gone.

    • Mr Claymore. I am a fan of the original show for it had grit, guts, and heart. Furthermore, every once in a while wit and sarcasm with a moral tone behind many of the episodes. Your opinion of the show is just that your opinion and we must take into account that you have no idea what you are talking about. We have to make allowances for that. As far as remakes go, if Hollywood wants to do a remake that is their business. It will never be as good as the original. By the way, the music for the show was top notch.

  9. The Equalizer was the show where I first learned to appreciate Ed Woodward. I liked everything about the show, especially how the main character tried to avoid using violence because he had seen too much of it in his own life.

    Just too cool. I would prefer a Brit maybe Daniel Craig or even better, Pierce Brosnan.

    • …so, you wouldn’t mind the character being Irish (Brosnan)?

  10. The opening for the original gave me chills. OF course I was in my early teens (12-13) but it was way cool. Not sure about this. But I was thinking about it a month or two ago and thought it wouldn’t be long before it happened.

  11. One of the problems with this news kipster isn’t so much that the “Equalizer” is getting re booted, its that Russell Crowe is in talks for the lead.

    Russell Crowe ehemm, is a total d bag of a celebrity. As much as I can’t stand Tom Cruise I would endure any one of his films over Crowe.

    My point, he’s a bad cast choice for the role in this case. The Equalzer lead should go to Liam Neison anyday over Crowe.

  12. You’re all getting your panties in a twist over nothing.
    There’s no director, no script and only a rumour Crowe has signed on. This is a fishing expedition , nothing more – designed to get backing. Same for Westworld.
    But hey, don’t let that stop you from flinging gratuitous insults at Crowe.
    I’ll believe it when Crowe makes his OWN announcement.

  13. Wow, much hateraid going on for Crowe. I, for one, think the man is a great actor. Come on; LA Confidential, Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, the man has all sorts of talent. I do agree, however, that Mel Gibson would be a better choice but I still like Crowe. If he does choose to star in this film, I’m there.

  14. I don’t think he’s capable of exuding enough class to make me believe him in the role. He may have the talent but not the background. For my part it’s not hate, jealousy, or the fact that he’s been crude and violent in public a few times. More like picking a ball peen hammer to pull out nails when you know the claw hammer next to it is so much better. But beyond that is the sorry fact IMO that the writers and audience are getting shorted. Can’t they wait at least another decade??

    • That’s a good point about Crowe having the talent but not the background, old man. Even in terms of the character, Woodward was chosen for the part of Robert McCall specifically because the producers liked what he did on Callan. He’d been typecast for years after that show, and it’s ironic that McCall could almost be an older Callan, atoning for his past sins.

      • Exactly Big D and that’s lost on a lot of people. How do you capture that today with Russel Crowe? It’s just a pale shadow and preconceiving it well, why bother even using the premise? It’s not like they’re going to go back and recapture “Callan” for the sake of the “Equalizer!”

        Really they should attempt “Callan rather than the “Equalizer” and establish the character as linked down the road. It would surely get people buying the legacy “Callan” and “Equalizer” DVDs just to see what the fuss is about. Good luck getting a company like Escape Artists to pay Talkback Thames, which I guess holds the rights, to produce a new “Callan.” All these companies want to pay 5 ten thousands of what they can make on the property and who wants to talk to anyone about that paltry sum???

  15. Going against Liz’s grain, Old Man’s comment wraps it up nicely…

  16. Almost a year on, and still no sign of this.