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The Equalizer Returns
McCall brought out of retirement

19 April 2005  |  Written by   

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Depending on how you look at it, it’s either really been Edward Woodward’s (or as he is known here at Empire towers, E-wa Woo-wa's) year, or it really hasn’t. First came the news that The Wicker Man is being remade, with his role to be updated by Nic Cage. But for the impeccable quality of the original, this would be greeted as good news, but to be honest we at Empire have been umming and erring to this day. Now we hear tell that E-wa's quasi-spy thriller series The Equalizer is to receive the big screen treatment.

For us, this is much better news, for several reasons – the first of which is that it has the blessing of the show’s creator, Michael Sloan. Secondly, however fondly we remember it and despite it being a terrific premise, the show wasn’t perfect – just great telly. If you don’t remember, Woo-wa played Robert McCall, an ex-spy turned private detective, who helps people in need when they contact him through his advert / tagline that reads “Got a problem? Need help? Odds against you? Call The Equalizer.” It’s like Woo-wa’s own, older series Callan meets The A Team, with a lot less welding and machine guns. The show was so damn cool, they got Robert Mitchum in to cover for Woodward when he had a heart attack while filming (Mitchum played a friend from ‘The Company’ who comes looking for McCall when he goes missing).

The big screen version is being being produced by Sloan (executive producer), Tony Eldridge and Mace Neufeld – one of Sahara’s producing team, but more importantly a key figure in the screen adatations of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan stories.

It’s very early days yet, so no casting behind or in front of the camera has been announced, but done right, this has a cool potential of about 95%. With a healthy, pulpy, not-too-convoluted premise to build on, given an appropriate writer this could make for a great thriller, which is always welcome.

We’ve not heard E-wa’s thoughts yet (though we’d love to know, if you’re reading this, E-wa, drop us a line or pick up the phone), but we’re hoping for a cameo at the very least.

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RE: The Equalizer Returns
Why has Edward Woodward got so many D's in his name? Cos he'd sound silly if he was called Ewar Woowar What do you call a man with a plank of wood on his head? Edward What do you call a man with three planks of wood on his head? Edward Woodward What do you call a man with four planks of wood on his head? (gee, I dunno) I don't know either, but Edward Woodward would More

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Edward Woodward had no idea there was an Equalizer Movie - until this week.
So i'm chatting to Edward Woodward the other day, who's plugging The Equalizer DVD season one, and naturally i ask him if he'd like to be in the movie. Edward mistook my question for a query about a new movie called A Congregation of Ghosts, which he starts work on next month (May). (He called it A Corrugation of Ghosts, but as it's about a vicar who wound up preaching to an empty church on Bodmin Moor, Congregation seemed like the word he was after.) Eventually we get back to the sub More

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