Don’t look now, but yet another 1980s TV series is being adapted for the big screen, and this time it’s THE EQUALIZER, the show about former government agent Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) who helped people in dire straights equalize the odds. This movie promises to… change the way you look at wine forever?
The update stars Denzel Washington as a former black ops commando who faked his own death and lives quietly in Boston. But when a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) finds herself in trouble, McCall comes out of retirement to rescue her and face down the Russian mob. The update reteams star Washington with director Antoine Fuqua, who guided the intense actor to an Oscar for 2001’s Training Day.
In an interview with USA Today, Fuqua said:
“There’s a switch [Washington] turns on, and that’s just scary. There’s a sustained intensity even in casual mode, like a panther. If it’s turned against you, you’re going to be in a bad place. His hand-to-hand work is pretty nasty when the monster comes out. We used what was around him. You’d be surprised what he can do with a corkscrew. You’ll never open a bottle of wine the same way again.”
Washington told the newspaper:
“The title [of the movie] doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s the material [I respond to]. It’s a classic story — the innocent girl and the guy coming in to save the day and kick some butt. You’ll get some popcorn and escape for a couple of hours.”
Look for The Equalizer in theaters on Sept. 26.