Back in October, it was announced that Ryan Gosling backed out of the Logan’s Run remake, which was going to be reunite him for a third time with director Nicolas Winding Refn. Since that project doesn’t seem to be moving forward anytime soon, Nicolas Winding Refn is now attached to direct another studio-backed project that will team him with an Academy Award winning actor. He’ll be taking on to helm Sony’s remake of the 1980’s television series The Equalizer starring none other than Denzel Washington.
As you may recall this past spring, Nicolas Winding Refn was only in contention to helm the project. During the time, he was up against Pierre Morel (Taken), Gareth Evans (The Raid), and Gavin O’Connor (Warrior). The remake of The Equalizer has actually been brewing for quite sometime with Russell Crowe and Crash director Paul Haggis once circling the project. Once that fell apart, the studio still wanted to make the project because it has been high on their priority list. I believe that Sony has made the right choice by going with Nicolas Winding Refn. I never imagined Refn and Denzel Washington to team up but since it’s now a reality, I’m keen on the idea.
The original television series ran for a total of five seasons from 1985-1989. Edward Woodward starred as a former covert operations officer with a mysterious past. To make up for past sins, he begins to right the wrongs of a corrupt legal system. He offers his services as an investigator for free, aided by a diverse group of contacts.
Production for The Equalizer is expected to begin in the spring of 2013 and already has a set release date of April 11th, 2014. Below is the original intro to original television series.[springboard type=”video” id=”619765″ player=”dlyr002″ width=”600″ height=”365″ ]