Sony Pictures closes a $20 million deal with Denzel Washington for The Equalizer project.
That script must have been good, because the studio has set a April 8th 2013 start date soon after getting it. Before the script came, the film was stuck in the development phase for over a year.
Being the top tier actor he is, Washington will be earning his usual $20 million to show his face on the screen. Washington’s price tag is nearly half the film’s budget of $50 million, but it seems the studios don’t mind spending that type of cash for the veteran actor.
No director has been selected yet, but Pierre Morel, Nicolas Winding Refn, Gavin O’Connor and Gareth Evans are ont the short list of names to helm the project.
The film is a revision of the 1980’s TV series that starred Edward Woodward, an ex CIA operative who help people in trouble. The new script is said to follow that same premise, but written specifically for Washington. The star will play a guy who hates injustice and devotes his life to helping those who need it most.
Washington can next be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ Oscar contender Flight and is currently shooting 2 Guns with Mark Wahlberg.