A reunion might be in the future for Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington. Fuqua, who has his latest directorial effort, Olympus Has Fallen, debuting tomorrow, is in early talks to direct Washington in the thriller The Equalizer. The film is based on the 1980s crime TV series of the same name and written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2). Sony Pictures is looking to The Equalizer as a possible franchise for Washington, who most recently received an Oscar nomination for playing a beleaguered pilot in Flight.
While the film deviates from the original series by creating a spin on the story catered to Washington’s talents, teaming him up with Fuqua again could lead to another intense and captivating performance similar to Washington’s in Training Day, which nabbed him a Best Actor Oscar. Hit the jump for more about the project.
Following the premise of the original TV series, The Equalizer would see Washington as a man who despises injustice, and channels that into helping those less fortunate who are victimized, as reported by Deadline. The role does sound tailor-made for Washington, but the script drew enough attention from several possible directors such as Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and most recently Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) that it must have real potential for a smart and successful thriller. With Fuqua and Washington’s past triumphs together, having them team up again could solidify The Equalizer’s chances for blockbuster success.