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Nicolas Winding Refn drops directing The Equalizer with Denzel Washington

01.09.2013

Recently it was announced that Nicolas Winding Refn would be directing an adaptation of the 1980s crime series, THE EQUALIZER. Now he's not.

It seems that Sony was close to a deal with the director, but it did not work out. No reason has been given as to why. Denzel Washington is still set to play the leading role of Robert McCall, "a former covert operations officer who dedicated his life to helping people in trouble." The film will just take the idea of the show, so don't go looking to see any other similarities.

The studio still wants to get on the fast track to getting the film made. So in the meantime they will find a director to get ready to take on the adaptation in May with Washington.

Refn has GOD ONLY FORGIVES coming out one the 23rd. He's also still attached to the remake of LOGAN'S RUN and the adaptation of graphic novel, THE BUTTON MAN.

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10:45AM on 01/10/2013

So they dropped him to suit Washington's shooting schedule and he wants to promote Only God Forgives

They bet on the wrong horse. Denzel Washington has less good years left in him than Refn. Plus Refn has his best work ahead of him. They looked short and the long term is more important. Stupid.
They bet on the wrong horse. Denzel Washington has less good years left in him than Refn. Plus Refn has his best work ahead of him. They looked short and the long term is more important. Stupid.
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7:40AM on 01/10/2013
That's too bad. I was actually excited about this project.
That's too bad. I was actually excited about this project.
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10:54PM on 01/09/2013
He should just do another film with Gosling.
He should just do another film with Gosling.
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9:58PM on 01/09/2013
As long as Stewart Copeland's doing the music and someone decent has the script, that's all I care about.
As long as Stewart Copeland's doing the music and someone decent has the script, that's all I care about.
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9:25PM on 01/09/2013

Thank god!

I really think an Equalizer film has a lot of potential, but Drive was one of the worst films I have ever sat through. The protagonist was so incredibly stupid that I was actually rooting for the bad guys by the end. It was like Bullitt meets Forrest Gump.
I really think an Equalizer film has a lot of potential, but Drive was one of the worst films I have ever sat through. The protagonist was so incredibly stupid that I was actually rooting for the bad guys by the end. It was like Bullitt meets Forrest Gump.
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10:53PM on 01/09/2013
What is wrong with you?
What is wrong with you?
11:42PM on 01/09/2013
I'd love to know why you thought The Driver was an incredibly stupid. I don't think you've understood what you watched.
I'd love to know why you thought The Driver was an incredibly stupid. I don't think you've understood what you watched.
10:42AM on 01/10/2013
What is this some kind of hipster backlash? Are you fucking retarded? What indicated any stupidity on the main character's part?
It was nothing like Bullitt or Forest Gump. You seem to be like Forest Gump after getting hit in the head with a bullet.
What is this some kind of hipster backlash? Are you fucking retarded? What indicated any stupidity on the main character's part?
It was nothing like Bullitt or Forest Gump. You seem to be like Forest Gump after getting hit in the head with a bullet.
6:33PM on 01/10/2013
Okay fellas, here is where I let you in on a secret that we grown ups know, and you will learn eventually: You don't have to pretend you like a shitty movie just because all the cool kids think it's cool. To say I don't understand the movie because I don't ike it is ridiculous. It is a bad movie! What was the box office take on the "best film of 2011" again? THIRTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS!

Where do I start with how bad this movie was....

The plot.. oh wait, there was no plot, just a
Okay fellas, here is where I let you in on a secret that we grown ups know, and you will learn eventually: You don't have to pretend you like a shitty movie just because all the cool kids think it's cool. To say I don't understand the movie because I don't ike it is ridiculous. It is a bad movie! What was the box office take on the "best film of 2011" again? THIRTY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS!

Where do I start with how bad this movie was....

The plot.. oh wait, there was no plot, just a bunch of crap thrown together. And the whole time limit thing while driving criminals around was just stupid. But at least that part gave us an actual DRIVING sequence.

The love interest... do you REALLY think a girl is going to want to get all warm and fuzzy over a guy who doesn't talk, and comes across as creepy as hell?

The staring. Jesus Christ, what's with the staring. And the camera staying on the stupid stares for WAY longer than they should have. This movie had 30 minutes of "plot", and and hour or more of holding a shot too long, staring at a TV, or some other stupid crap.

The driver walks around town in a white coat with blood ALL OVER IT, and no one thinks twice about it.

Total lack of police pressence in this town.

I saw this in theaters when it came out, and had been looking forward to seeing it, but my friend and I walked out talking about how stupid it was, and how much it sucked.

A review from thatmoviesitedotcom says "I may not be a genius but I have a really hard time relating to dumb people. The whole movie I kept wishing someone would make a smart choice. I know it would take away from the plot and would prevent this great story from unfolding as it does so beautifully under the direction of Refn. I couldn't get into these people cause I kept judging them for being stupid. My emotional response was limited due to my inability to connect with the players."

So I'M the idiot because you people related to a character that did stupid thing after stupid thing, and ultimately ended up dead because of it? lol
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