Check out this poster for Denzel Washington’s latest action flick, The Equalizer. Based on an ’80s detective show, this one reunites Washington with Antoine Fuqua, who helped him score an Oscar for Training Day. Here’s the premise:
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.
In the original TV show, Edward Woodward played a retired intelligence officer, not a black ops commando who faked his own death, but you expect them to ratchet up the drama in adaptations like these. There have been some excellent movies based on shows from the ’70s and ’80s, including Maverick, The Fugitive, and the Mission Impossible franchise. On the other end of the spectrum you have Dark Shadows and Lost in Space. (Remember when people thought the cast of Friends would have successful movie careers?) The movie Traffic was based on the British miniseries Traffik and was great. The movie State of Play was based on the British miniseries State of Play and was… not great. So it can go either way. Based on the talent involved with this one (Melissa Leo also stars), I have pretty high hopes, though.
The Equalizer hits theaters September 26, and the first trailer comes out next week.