Even though his action film Olympus Has Fallen opens tomorrow, director Antoine Fuqua is already lining up his next gig. The director is in early talks to takeover Sony Pictures big screen adaptation of the 1980s television series The Equalizer. If he reaches a deal with the studio, Fuqua will be reunited with his Training Day star Denzel Washington, who is already signed to the project to play Robert McCall, a retired intelligence agent helping people as a way to atone for some of the unspecified bad things he did in his past.
According to Deadline, the studio is very happy with the screenplay turned in by Richard Wenk – It made last year’s Black List – and is anxious to get the film into production by late spring, probably on location in Boston.
Sony had been developing an Equalizer film for some time with Paul Haggis, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Rupert Wyatt a;; having been attached to the project at one time or another. The studio had Crowe attached to the project in 2010, though he later dropped out.