The Equalizer could get a helping hand from the guy who directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn left the project last month, leaving Sony Pictures without a filmmaker behind the camera. However, this problem could be solved very soon if Rupert Wyatt decides to tackle the upcoming adaptation.
According to Cinema Blend, Wyatt is currently in talks with Sony to bring the 80s television series to life on the big screen. As far as I can tell, it would appear that Denzel Washington is still on-board to star in the project.
It’s rumored that Refn left the project after he and Washington butted heads over how the film should be approached.
The Hollywood Reporter explains that the Planet of the Apes director is still in talks with Sony regarding the upcoming flick. Other directors on the short list for the flick include Battleship mastermind Peter Berg.
Since Wyatt is currently attached to other projects, it’s currently unknown if he will be able to fit The Equalizer into his busy work schedule. Sony Pictures is still interested in getting the project in front of the camera by this summer.
For those who were born too late to enjoy the show, The Equalizer told the story of a former intelligence officer who lends his considerable skills to the highest bidder. If you have a problem that needs solved, then Robert McCall is the guy you need to contact. The program, which was created by Richard Lindheim and Michael Sloan, ran for four seasons before being cancelled.
The series has gotten the short end of the proverbial stick when it comes to home video. As of this writing, only the first season is available to those living in the US. Hopefully that will change once Sony begins pushing flick into theaters.
Are you a fan of The Equalizer? Do you think Rupert Wyatt is the right guy for the job?