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Russell Crowe Wants To Be The Equalizer
He’s attached to the telly adaptation

16 June 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: LA Times

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Russell Crowe is not the late, great Edward Woodward, the man once and forever fondly known around Empire Towers as E-wa Woo-wa. But he wants to be: Crowe has attached himself to the long-gestating film version of The Equalizer.

While the ‘80s are well and truly back after the success of this past weekend’s nostalgia trip (with new takes on The Karate Kid and The A-Team doing solid business), a film of The Equalizer is a project that has been walking the mean streets of Development Hell since at least 2005.

Back then, Harvey Weinstein got his hefty paws on the title, referencing his love for the series and putting in place a process that would eventually draw in Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan and writers Terrill Lee Lankford and Michael Connelly.

But the long drawn out march to the screen has taken its toll and now it would seem that most of the talent has peeled away, leaving only producer Mace Neufeld. He’s joined forces with production company Escape Artists (which helped get The Taking Of Pelham 123 remake on screen) to start shopping it round the studios, since The Weinstein Company seems to be too busy trying to buy back the Miramax library to worry about putting movies out at the moment.

The show, in case you weren’t aware (check out the synth-tastic opening credits here, which truly are a throwback to a time when the creative team put out art instead of a basic introduction to the main cast), followed hard-bitten former government agent Robert McCall (Woo-wa), who decided that his days of doing terrible things in the service of his country were over and that he'd spend his days – and nights – helping people who couldn’t turn to the police. Despite his redemption-minded quest, he usually ended up getting violent. But we loved him for it.

A darker-edged set-up like that could be just what Crowe needs, even if the last time he played a character based on a British series, in State Of Play, the crowds didn’t exactly flock to the multiplex. Still, The Equalizer has more of a gritty, action edge to it, which might make it an easier sell.

Sadly, there's now no chance of a proper Woodward cameo now, at least not without a ouija board.


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Your Comments

Cool!
This could be a great choice for Russell, he's rough around the edges and would really suit playing McCall, let's hope they keep the theme and get a really good villain played by a top drawer actor to face off against too. Russ needs to kick some ass and this could be a great vehicle for him. More

Posted by Big Braveheart at 22:11 on 17 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: The Remake To End All Remakes
L: BenTramer @ jackcarter, you've given me an idea; they should do one movie featuring all the 80s films/shows that had black vechicles in them; Firefox, Airwolf, Knight Rider, Street Hawk and an option for Blue Thunder and have them join up with the Transformers to take on the Decepticons. I'd buy THAT for a dollar! watch that! More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 01:08 on 17 June 2010 | Report This Post

The Remake To End All Remakes
@ jackcarter, you've given me an idea; they should do one movie featuring all the 80s films/shows that had black vechicles in them; Firefox, Airwolf, Knight Rider, Street Hawk and an option for Blue Thunder and have them join up with the Transformers to take on the Decepticons. I'd buy THAT for a dollar! More

Posted by BenTramer at 23:19 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Old Crowe
i think the next 80-s remakes will be Airwolf, Knight Rider (movie), Street Hawk and Magum - although the so so A Team box office opening might have killed the desire off to make em More

Posted by jackcarter at 20:30 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Old Crowe
Crowe would be an interesting choice,but the direction would be crucial. Do we want a re-boot of the series(very dated-but i loved it!) or something closer to the original. Problem with films like this is that those who seen the original film/series,have a nostalgic fondness for it,even it was crap then. It's a hard target audience to tap into,as the A Team has seen. What next,a movie re-make of Highway to Heaven or Little House On The Prairie?? More

Posted by BOHEMIANBOB at 16:04 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

Old Crowe
Crowe must be a fan of the original and still has some power in hollywood which may give this film a chance..he could do the role..maybe with some ageing akin to the role he had on the insider...still feel someone older would be better..and the jag has to feature !Oh yeah..the theme still sounds briliant today...stuart copeland is a genius More

Posted by darktrain at 15:14 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Thinking
no to Greengrass - i dont want to see any more of that shaky cam nonsense that went on to ruin Quantum....Martin Campbell would be the best choice More

Posted by jackcarter at 13:32 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

Thinking
Greengrass to direct and Crowe as? That would be something else!!! More

Posted by nybras at 13:12 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

This actually sounds promising. If you got Paul Greengrass on board, it would be a good deal. More

Posted by Jenzy at 12:30 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

could be Crowes 'Dirty Harry'
this could be a big hit for Crowe - as big as Craig Bond or Bourne. the slight nostalgia for the show and perhaps Crowe finding something of what could be a signature role (tough guy going around beating people up) he hasnt had a big hit since Gladiator More

Posted by jackcarter at 11:15 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

Nah.
I'd rather somebody British take on the role. Or if it had to be an Antipodean I'd go with Sam Neill. Seriously. Crowe isn't old enough just yet. Perfect casting... Ray Winstone. Liam Neeson. Or is that too 'Taken'? Or in a really odd twist, Can you imagine Colin Firth in an action role? It'd either be pure genius or utter madness. But I'm betting on the previous. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 11:08 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

As The Crowe Flies
I used to love watching Edward Woodward going around kicking criminals arses back in the 80s. I don't think anyone would mind a movie version with someone else, would they? Perhaps they could solve the riddle of how the tough bastard Equalizer ended up playing a chubby bloke on EastEnders before he croaked. More

Posted by BenTramer at 11:05 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

Music to my ears....
Although I must say that I'm a better candidate for the role than Russell Crowe. More

Posted by The Equalizer at 10:30 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

The memories come flooding back...
Just listened to and watched the opening credits and realised how much I used to love this show when I was a kid! Thursday nights at my Nan's house, it shouldn't have worked as EW was way TOO old but he just nailed it and was one bad ass mofo! Always fancied Mark Strong or Gary Oldman in this role but The Crowe should be able to pull it off. Colour me mildly excited! More

Posted by Maca007 at 09:30 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

The memories come flooding back...
Just listened to and watched the opening credits and realised how much I used to love this show when I was a kid! Thursday nights at my Nan's house, it shouldn't have worked as EW was way TOO old but he just nailed it and was one bad ass mofo! Always fancied Mark Strong or Gary Oldman in this role but The Crowe should be able to pull it off. Colour me mildly excited! More

Posted by Maca007 at 09:30 on 16 June 2010 | Report This Post

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