Sony/Columbia Pictures have spent years attempting to get a cinematic version of The Equalizer off the ground. The original television series ran from 1985-89, and starred the late Edward Woodward – in a Golden Globe-winning role – as Robert McCall, a g-man turned private detective, who spent his days helping out the weak and under-priviledged in an effort to make up for past dark deeds.
The film version – a loose adaptation of that premise – lay dormant until last year, following the departure of star Russell Crowe and director Paul Haggis (who had previously collaborated on The Next Three Days). Progress re-started once Denzel Washington came aboard to headline, based on a script draft written by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic). Sony intended to fast-track the project, but things failed to roll along as smoothly as the studio wanted – with both Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) andRupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) passing on the director job, before Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) accepted the position.
That means Sony has been forced to abandon the April 11th, 2014 release date it originally had in mind, so as to allot the necessary amount of time for filming. The Equalizer features a supporting cast that includes Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 2), Marton Csokas (Noah) and Melissa Leo (Wayward Pines), and is now slated to reach theaters on September 26th, 2014.
‘The Equalizer’ TV Trailer: Denzel Washington Doesn’t Look at Explosions
It’s always worth being nice to people who work in retail, because one of those people might just have a secret past as a black ops commando and a hunger for vigilante justice. That’s the case with Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), a calm-voiced Homemart employee with OCD who made a promise to his wife that he’d never go back to his old life of violence. For sadistic mob boss Teddy (Martin Csokas), however, Robert is willing to make an exception.
The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) is loosely based on the 1980s TV show of the same name, and Sony is so confident in its potential that a sequel is already in development. If this goes ahead, with Washington’s involvement, it will mark the first time that the star has ever appeared in a direct sequel to one of his movies.
First comes the task of getting people into the theaters for The Equalizer, however, and so a new minute-long trailer for the movie has been released, which also offers a preview of upcoming single “Guts Over Fear” by Eminem and Sia, which is featured in the film. The trailer includes a few new clips, including a scene where Robert is asked by his curious colleagues about his life before Homemart. To top things off, there is an obligatory shot of Washington walking away from an explosion in slow motion.
The Equalizer also stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Teri, an underage sex worker whom Robert meets during one of his usual late-night visits to his favorite diner, and who inadvertently draws him into a vigilante mission against the Russian mafia. The screenplay was penned by The Expendables 2 writer Richard Wenk.
For more details about the story and production of The Equalizer, don’t forget to check out Screen Rant’s set visit report, as well as our interviews with producer Todd Black, director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington. Let us know in the comments if the combination of fast-paced action and the sweet sound of Eminem’s voice in this latest trailer have convinced you to check out The Equalizer in theaters next month.
The Equalizer hits theaters September 26, 2014.
The Equalizer Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Denzel Washington Movie HD
Washington’s next starring vehicle – expected to be an R-Rated dramatic thriller along the lines of the actor’s previous collaboration with Fuqua on Training Day (which snagged Washington an Oscar) – shall now serve as counter-programming, to Laika’s quirky family-friendly stop-motion feature The Boxtrolls and the surreal sci-fi film Selfless from director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, Mirror Mirror), during its opening weekend.
The Equalizer is budgeted at $50 million (which includes Washington’s $20 million salary), with studio executives hoping that the film performs well enough at the box office to serve as the foundation for Washington’s first-ever franchise. All things considered, such an achievement shouldn’t be too difficult to manage, given that Washington’s last four movies have grossed somewhere between $80 million and $130 million in the U.S. (before factoring in the international market).
The Equalizer Official Trailer #2 (2014) – Denzel Washington Movie HD
The Equalizer is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series of same name, which starred Edward Woodward. The film stars Denzel Washington,Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo. This was the first film to have Village Roadshow Pictures co-finance the deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment since Saving Silverman in 2001.
Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his Special Forces past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by—he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, they call the Equalizer.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Antoine Fuqua|
|Produced by||Todd Black
|Screenplay by||Richard Wenk|
|Based on||The Equalizer
by Michael Sloan andRichard Lindheim
Chloë Grace Moretz
|Music by||Harry Gregson-Williams|
|Edited by||John Refoua|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Running time||131 minutes|
- Denzel Washington as Robert McCall
- Marton Csokas as Teddy
- Chloë Grace Moretz as Teri
- David Harbour as Masters
- Haley Bennett as Mandy
- Bill Pullman as Brian Plummer
- Melissa Leo as Susan Plummer
- David Meunier as Slavi
- Johnny Skourtis as Ralphie
- Alex Veadov as Tevi
- Vladimir Kulich as Vladimir Pushkin
- E. Roger Mitchell as Lead Investigator
- James Wilcox as Pederson
- Mike O’Dea as Remar
- Anastasia Sanidopoulos Mousis as Jenny
- Allen Maldonado as Marcus
- Rhet Kidd as Jay
- Mike Morell as HM Brian
- Matt Lasky as Marat
- Shawn Fitzgibbon as Little John Looney
- Vitaliy Shtabnoy as Andri
- Timothy John Smith as Detective Gilly
- Robert Wahlberg as Detective Harris
- William Xifaras as Home Mart Laborer
In December 2011, it was reported that Denzel Washington is set to star in the title role of the film version, to be financed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Escape Artists. Director Antoine Fuqua came on board to direct on March 21, 2013, reuniting the two from their successful collaboration on their 2001 Oscar-winning film Training Day. Chloë Grace Moretz was announced as co-lead to Washington on May 10, 2013. On May 31, 2013, Melissa Leo was then cast in the film. Leo previously worked with Washington in the 2012 film Flight, and Fuqua in Olympus Has Fallen (2013).
The first official image from the film was released on December 6, 2013. Sony originally planned on an April 11, 2014 release date but pushed it back to reach theaters on September 26, 2014. The first official poster for the film was released on April 16, 2014. On April 22, USA Today revealed some photos from the film.
On May 24, the trailer for the film was released. On June 12, another official trailer of the film was released. On July 16, the IMAX poster for the film was released.
The film will be released at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014.
The Equalizer has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 66%, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The site’s consensus states: “The Equalizer is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
On February 24, 2014, it was announced that Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are planning for a sequel to the film, with Richard Wenk penning the script.
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