My memories of The Equalizer, the late 80s TV show about an ex-Intelligence agent turned vigilante PI, are less to do with any actual content, more to do with the fact that my Dad liked it so much.
Now that there’s a film version coming, the one thing that keeps coming to mind is how much Carson Reeves at Scriptshadow likes the screenplay, though he’s yet to really tell us why. The one point he cites hardly sounds like genius, just some off-the-peg, screenwriting seminar stuff:
McCall is always reading books. Eventually, we find out why. His wife was trying to read the “100 Books You Need To Read Before You Die” before she passed away. So now McCall’s doing it, as sort of an ode to his wife. We have physical images (the book) to SHOW us key McCall backstory (that his wife died). Great writing!
Seems like a pretty minor accomplishment to me.
Anyhow, this reputedly cracking script is by Richard Wenk, previously culpable for The Expendables 2, The Mechanic, and way back, the Grace Jones bloodsucker movie, Vamp.
Denzel Washington has been attached to star for some time and has been meeting with a series of directors to see who he likes. Who he likes, apparently, is Nicholas Winding Refn, director of Drive, The Pusher Trilogy and the upcoming Only God Forgives.
Refn is yet to sign on, but Variety say he’s had an offer.
I like Washington and Refn clearly isn’t just a hack-for-hire, but I’ll need a bit of convincing to get my heart rate up for this one just yet.