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Screenwriter hired for The Equalizer 2 based on successful test screenings

02.24.2014

Now that's confidence!

Sony pictures has hired screenwriter Richard Wenk to pen a sequel to THE EQUALIZER, the new crime thriller starring Denzel Washington, which is based on the '80's TV show of the same name. Wenk wrote the script for the first film, which isn't set to debut until September. However, recent test screenings have prompted the studio to move quickly on a sequel as results have been exceptional.

From The Wrap:

“The Equalizer” has been testing through the roof, prompting Sony to move quickly on a sequel so the project has momentum by the time the first film hits theaters on Sept. 26. A mid-December test screening reportedly earned the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio’s history."

In the film, Washington plays "a former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life in Boston. He comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), and finds himself face to face with Russian gangsters." Washington is expected to reprise his role as the titular character, although no deal is in place. It would be Washington's first-ever sequel role if it goes through. The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) co-stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Vladimir Kulich, and Marton Csokas. I've never seen the original show, but with Fuqua and Washington doing an R-rated action pic version of it, I'm certainly game to see what they come up with.

THE EQUALIZER is set to hit theaters on September 26, 2014.

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Extra Tidbit: What other film of Washington's would you like to see him to a sequel for?
Source: The Wrap

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8:34AM on 02/25/2014
One of my favourite shows when I was a kid and Denzel is the man
One of my favourite shows when I was a kid and Denzel is the man
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10:45PM on 02/24/2014
The synopsis sounds very similar to Man on Fire. Well, except for the whole faking his death aspect.

And I dislike when studios rush to get sequels made because of certain buzz before it comes out. I remember reading and hearing how amazing Green Lantern was going to be (obviously I love the film) and how they had this epic trilogy in mind which we'll probably never see.
The synopsis sounds very similar to Man on Fire. Well, except for the whole faking his death aspect.

And I dislike when studios rush to get sequels made because of certain buzz before it comes out. I remember reading and hearing how amazing Green Lantern was going to be (obviously I love the film) and how they had this epic trilogy in mind which we'll probably never see.
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10:41PM on 02/24/2014
I mean it is Denzel Washington.
I mean it is Denzel Washington.
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9:38PM on 02/24/2014
Denzel bald is certaintly different. Not sure why they went with Denzel and not an English actor, but Denzel can usually do no wrong. I guess we'll see.
Denzel bald is certaintly different. Not sure why they went with Denzel and not an English actor, but Denzel can usually do no wrong. I guess we'll see.
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9:26PM on 02/24/2014
Really looking forward to this. I've been on a bit of a Fuqua kick as of late.
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TIDBIT: 2 Guns. Washington and Wahlberg had great chemistry, and it was just a blast overall.
Really looking forward to this. I've been on a bit of a Fuqua kick as of late.
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TIDBIT: 2 Guns. Washington and Wahlberg had great chemistry, and it was just a blast overall.
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8:49PM on 02/24/2014
Edword Woodward was a total badass in this show. Never missed an episode.
Edword Woodward was a total badass in this show. Never missed an episode.
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7:27PM on 02/24/2014
alright explain to me, how the need for a sequel, before its released makes any sense? I am not being negative per say...I dont understand the need for rushed sequels....specially when we havent seen the first movie yet....aghh
alright explain to me, how the need for a sequel, before its released makes any sense? I am not being negative per say...I dont understand the need for rushed sequels....specially when we havent seen the first movie yet....aghh
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8:03PM on 02/24/2014
its called show business
its called show business
6:39PM on 02/24/2014
Extra tidbit: Virtuosity. A new type of computer simulation program/virus runs amok and only Denzel Washington can stop it!
Extra tidbit: Virtuosity. A new type of computer simulation program/virus runs amok and only Denzel Washington can stop it!
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7:34PM on 02/24/2014
Virtuosity was a lot of fun. Really cheesy, but entertaining - and Russell Crowe was insane in it!
Virtuosity was a lot of fun. Really cheesy, but entertaining - and Russell Crowe was insane in it!
7:43PM on 02/24/2014
Yeah, Russell Crowe looked like he was having a blast making that movie.
Yeah, Russell Crowe looked like he was having a blast making that movie.
6:35PM on 02/24/2014
Cool..!
Cool..!
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5:44PM on 02/24/2014

Soooo...

What's it about??
What's it about??
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