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Nicolas Winding Refn will direct The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington

Dec. 7, 2012by: Alex Maidy

All you DRIVE fans out there, get ready to shit your pants because Nicolas Winding Refn is now directing his first big budget studio picture and it is going to be a doozy.

Deadline reports that Refn has been selected to direct Denzel Washington in the big screen update to the 1980s crime series THE EQUALIZER. Washington has been linked to the project for a little while now and no one was really excited. But, with Refn on board, this movie gains instant credibility.

THE EQUALIZER starred Edward Woodward as a mysterious former covert operations officer who helps people in trouble. The film has that basic premise but takes off in its own way, tailored to Washington’s skills. He’ll play a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized.

The show ran for four season and was known for having a gritty and dark take on the spy genre. The fact that Woodward was middle-aged and not a young actor gave it an even more unique style. Just watching the old intro to the series should show you it shared a visual style and music that Refn put to excellent effect in DRIVE. Part of me is hoping Refn keeps the big screen version set in 1985 and cranks up the synthesizers.

Either updated or kept retro, THE EQUALIZER is set to begin production in the Spring.

Source: Deadline

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5:42PM on 12/08/2012

Russell Crowe

Refn is my favorite director working right now (and I love a good vigilante thriller), so this is high up on my 'most anticipated' list. However, as much as I like Denzel, I wish Russell Crowe were still attached as the lead. If memory serves me right we haven't ever seen Crowe in a violent gritty action film (I don't count Gladiator or American Gangster), and we recently got Denzel in Book of Eli and Man of Fire previously. Still, he does this type of role exceedingly well, so I can't complain
Refn is my favorite director working right now (and I love a good vigilante thriller), so this is high up on my 'most anticipated' list. However, as much as I like Denzel, I wish Russell Crowe were still attached as the lead. If memory serves me right we haven't ever seen Crowe in a violent gritty action film (I don't count Gladiator or American Gangster), and we recently got Denzel in Book of Eli and Man of Fire previously. Still, he does this type of role exceedingly well, so I can't complain too much!
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5:40PM on 12/08/2012

Awesome!

I like Denzel, but I wasn't too excited when I initially read about this movie because it seems like a part that he plays a lot, but I'm psyched for this now. Refn is an amazing director, and could turn this into something special.
I like Denzel, but I wasn't too excited when I initially read about this movie because it seems like a part that he plays a lot, but I'm psyched for this now. Refn is an amazing director, and could turn this into something special.
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1:39PM on 12/08/2012
I love Denzel just like the next guy, and I loved the tv show but shouldn't this part go to a British actor?
I love Denzel just like the next guy, and I loved the tv show but shouldn't this part go to a British actor?
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11:07AM on 12/08/2012
I remember a long long time ago catching an episode or two on I think it was A&E. Anyway, it's definitely one of those shows that I could see making a successful transition to the big screen. Part of me kind of wishes they'd keep a middle-aged Brit prowling the streets of New York. But seriously, Denzel Washington is fairly ideal in his own right.
I remember a long long time ago catching an episode or two on I think it was A&E. Anyway, it's definitely one of those shows that I could see making a successful transition to the big screen. Part of me kind of wishes they'd keep a middle-aged Brit prowling the streets of New York. But seriously, Denzel Washington is fairly ideal in his own right.
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10:43AM on 12/08/2012
I never watched this show (was a little too young for it at the time) but I did used to watch the opening because I've always liked that theme music.
I never watched this show (was a little too young for it at the time) but I did used to watch the opening because I've always liked that theme music.
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1:27AM on 12/08/2012

Yes, pranks definitely suck

If they do it again, do it right. And bring back Stewart Copeland to do the theme music!

If they do it again, do it right. And bring back Stewart Copeland to do the theme music!

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1:06AM on 12/08/2012
Sounds cool, kind of like the Jack Reacher character.
Sounds cool, kind of like the Jack Reacher character.
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12:43AM on 12/08/2012
Looking forward to this.
I hope they keep the original music theme for the film adaptation...
Looking forward to this.
I hope they keep the original music theme for the film adaptation...
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7:49PM on 12/07/2012

Everything about this is awesome. I hope the script is good and he rewrites it anyway

I'm very happy about this.
I'm very happy about this.
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5:34PM on 12/07/2012
No no no. Michel Gondry's Green Hornet anyone??
No no no. Michel Gondry's Green Hornet anyone??
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6:06PM on 12/07/2012
lol wtf? Because Nicolas Refn or Denzel Washington have anything to do with The Green Hornet?
lol wtf? Because Nicolas Refn or Denzel Washington have anything to do with The Green Hornet?
7:51PM on 12/07/2012
This is an apple.: [link]
This is an orange: [link]

You just compared them and made a judgement call regarding oranges based on your dislike of apples.

Stupid.
This is an apple.: [link]
This is an orange: [link]

You just compared them and made a judgement call regarding oranges based on your dislike of apples.

Stupid.
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5:26PM on 12/07/2012

I hope they

keep the music in line with how it is in that opening video! that'd be awesome
keep the music in line with how it is in that opening video! that'd be awesome
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