Going with the flow of the theme of the week established by The Karate Kid and The A-Team, Russell Crowe will seek his next project in the television vaults of the 1980s. Crowe is attached to star in a remake of the CBS crime series The Equalizer. The show starred Edward Woodard as private detective Robert McCall, “a sophisticated former government agent atoning for the sins of his past by righting the wrongs of a flawed legal system.” Details after the jump:
24 Frames reports that the project was in development at the Weinstein Co. for years, though now belongs in the hands of producers Mace Neufeld (Invictus) and Alex Siskin (Mr. Deeds) in conjunction with Escape Artists. No studio has committed to the project yet, but The Equalizer has been making the rounds the past several weeks and stirred up some interest. I assume things will perk up with the Kiwi actor throwing his hat in the ring.
Crowe will next be seen in the Paul Haggis (Crash) thriller The Next Three Days, in which his character’s wife is falsely accused of murder. And he’ll probably team up with Robin Hood/Body of Lies/American Gangster/A Good Year/Gladiator director Ridley Scott at some point.
Here’s the synopsis of the first season of The Equalizer via Amazon:
Edward Woodward stars as private detective Robert McCall, a sophisticated former government agent atoning for the sins of his past by righting the wrongs of a flawed legal system in the groundbreaking hit suspense series The Equalizer. Follow this intense anti-hero in all 22 gripping first season episodes as he protects innocent people who feel they have nowhere else to turn.