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Denzel Washington Is Sony’s Choice To Star In Adaptation Of 80s CBS Crime-Solver Series “The Equalizer”

Denzel Washington Is Sony's Choice To Star In Adaptation Of 80s CBS Crime-Solver Series "The Equalizer"

First announced over a year ago, when Russell Crowe was said to be attached to star, Sony Pictures’ big screen adaptation of the the late 80s CBS vigilante crime-solving series, The Equalizer, is apparently still very much in the studios pipeline; this time however, in an announcement the made today (via Coming Soon), in which it stated that it had extended its first-look deal with Escape Artists, Denzel Washington is now the man being eyed to star the film.

Here’s the exact quote:

A feature film adaptation of the hit 1980s television series “The Equalizer,” to be written by Richard Wenk. The project is being developed with Denzel Washington in mind to star and Alex Siskind is partnered with Escape Artists to produce.

There’s more, but that’s the meaty part. 

The TV series, which I remember watching and liking, though I was a kid at the time, was set in New York, and centered on a former secret agent (played by the late Edward Woodward) with a “mysterious past” who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as an investigator, aided by a diverse group of other sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days).

An adaptation isn’t at all necessary; they could just come up with a new crime/detective story idea, and write a script based on that. But, you know how these studios are. The series ran for 5 seasons, and I don’t recall how much of a hit show it was for CBS. 

What I remember most is the soundtrack that accompanied the series’ opening credits, which was created by Stewart Copeland of The Police, which actually became a hit for him.

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No Black action stars. What about that Black actor who starred in Bad Boys? Then he starred in Independence Day, Wild Wild West, Bad Boys 2, I Robot, Men in Black 1 & 2 and I Am Legend. Too bad his name escapes me.


If this movie means one step closer to see the rest of the series on DVD and hearing the extended version of that theme. I'm all in.

Wonder will Steve Williams be in it since he was in the first season of the series, along with some well known actress whose name I just forgot. I want to say it's some Emmy winning actress back when she was a kid.


Good. Thing. I actually liked the series when I was young. And Denzel is seeing the writing on the wall. There are No. Black. Action. Stars. He is scooping everything up & coming out swinging. He got that Oscar and he is not playing. Since 9/11, America wants hardcore vigilante-style heroes back, the heroes of the late 90s with their thinking man's cap are going away. We want kick ass & take names later. And there are no Black ones (thanks Wesley), so he's coping those titles & making them happen. TRAINING DAY, MAN ON FIRE, BOOK OF ELI, JOHN Q, SAFE HOUSE. If it happens, I'll see it. Still love Denzel man.


It's hard to beat the name-brand recognition of "The Equalizer" for attracting an audience. It was an excellent series. I'm thrilled that Denzel is attached. He is a true alpha male who dominates every scene in which he acts. Perfect!

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