It appears as though the feature film adaptation of The Equalizer may have found a director. The adaptation of the 1980s crime series has seen a number of filmmakers flirt with the idea of taking the helm, with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn most recently attached to direct before dropping out last month. With an eye towards starting production in June and Denzel Washington set to star, Sony is ready to get this thing moving, and now it looks like Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt might be the man for the job as he’s entered early negotiations to take the helm. Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, Rupert Wyatt has entered early talks to direct The Equalizer. Washington will star in the $50 million film as a former covert operations officer who has dedicated his life to helping people in trouble, and Sony sees this as the beginning of a potential franchise. Wyatt’s deal isn’t locked just yet, as he has a few scheduling issues to work out before committing to the film. After dropping out of the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Wyatt signed on to direct the period pilot Turn for AMC and he recently cast Nicholas Hoult in his adaptation of the WWI-set novel Birdsong.
Seeing as how Hoult will be filming X-Men: Days of Future Past for most of this year, it’s conceivable that Wyatt could shoot The Equalizer this summer before moving on to Birdsong late this year or sometime in 2014. The filmmaker apparently also has an option at Fox that needs to be worked out with Sony, but he showed tremendous promise with Apes so I’m hoping things come together and we get to see his take on a Denzel Washington-led crime pic.