The Equalizer (film)

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The Equalizer
The Equalizer poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Alex Siskin
Denzel Washington
Jason Blumenthal
Mace Neufeld
Michael Sloan
Richard Wenk
Steve Tisch
Todd Black
Tony Eldridge
Screenplay by Richard Wenk
Based on The Equalizer 
by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Mauro Fiore
Edited by John Refoua
Village Roadshow Pictures
Escape Artists
Lonetree Entertainment
Mace Neufeld Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • September 26, 2014 (2014-09-26)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[citation needed]

The Equalizer is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series of same name, which starred Edward Woodward.[1] The film stars Denzel Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, Marton Csokas, Melissa Leo and Haley Bennett.


Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a solitary, ex-special ops, monastic figure who despises injustice and devotes himself to helping victims of criminals.[1] Working at a small home improvement store by day (Home Mart), he befriends a girl in his off-time at a local diner who is nearly killed by gangsters. After an initial battle, he learns they are members of the Russian mob, leading him to wage a one man war against them and their partners in crime.




In June 2010 it was announced that Russell Crowe was looking to bring The Equalizer to the big screen directed by Paul Haggis, with Crowe attached to play Robert McCall.[4][1]

In December 2011, it was reported that Denzel Washington is set to star in the title role of the film version, to be financed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Escape Artists.[5] Director Antoine Fuqua came on board to direct on March 21, 2013, reuniting the two from their successful collaboration on their 2001 Oscar-winning film Training Day.[6] Chloë Grace Moretz was announced as co-lead to Washington on May 10, 2013.[7] On May 31, 2013, Melissa Leo was then cast in the film, Leo previously worked with Washington in the 2012 film Flight, and Fuqua in Olympus Has Fallen (2013).[8]


Filming began June 2013 with locations in Salisbury, Hamilton, Chelsea, Haverhill, and Boston, Massachusetts.[2]


The first official image from the film was released on December 6, 2013. Sony originally planned on an April 11, 2014 release date but pushed it back to reach theaters on September 26, 2014.[1][9] The first official poster for the film was released on April 16, 2014.[10] On April 22, USA Today revealed some photos from the film.[11] On May 24, the trailer for the film was released.[12] On June 12, another official trailer of the film was released.[13] On July 16, the IMAX poster for the film was released.[14]


On June 25, 2014, IMAX Corporation announced that they had made a deal with Sony and it would release the film in its IMAX screen theaters worldwide from September 26.[15]


On February 24, 2014, it was announced that Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are planning for a sequel to the film, with Richard Wenk writing the sequel.[16][17][18]


  1. ^ a b c d Schaefer, Sandy (October 25, 2012). "Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer’ Secures Start Date; Lining Up Directors". Screen Rant.
  2. ^ a b "Marton Csokas to Play the Villain in The Equalizer". Retrieved May 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ . Retrieved July 6, 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Russell Crowe Looking To Bring Back The Equalizer". The Film Stage. June 15, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sony sets 'Equalizer' redo with Denzel Washington". Variety. December 13, 2011. Retrieved December 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Antoine Fuqua Eyes 'Training Day' Re-Team With Denzel Washington In 'The Equalizer'". Retrieved March 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Chloe Moretz Getting Lead in 'Equalizer' Movie With Denzel Washington". Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Melissa Leo Joining Denzel Washington In 'The Equalizer'". Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Billington, Alex. "First Look: Denzel Washington from Antoine Fuqua's 'The Equalizer'". First Showing. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ McDaniel, Matt (April 16, 2014). "'The Equalizer' Poster: Denzel Washington Is on His Way". Yahoo!. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ Alexander, Bryan (April 22, 2014). "Denzel Washington evens the score as 'The Equalizer'". USA Today. Retrieved April 26, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Watch The First Trailer For Denzel Washington As 'The Equalizer'". Indiewire. May 24, 2014.
  13. ^ Fleischer, Adam (June 12, 2014). "Check Out Eminem’s New Song In ‘The Equalizer’ Trailer". MTV. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  14. ^ Anderton, Ethan (July 16, 2014). "Denzel Washington Has a Nice Gun on 'The Equalizer' IMAX Poster". Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Vlessing, Etan (25 June 2014). "Imax Finds 'The Equalizer' For September 26 Worldwide Release". Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 24, 2014). "Sequel to Denzel Washington Thriller ‘Equalizer’ Moves Forward as Sony Brings Back Writer Richard Wenk". Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ Chitwood, Adam (February 24, 2014). "Sony Developing THE EQUALIZER 2 Following Positive Test Scores; Denzel Washington Expected to Return". Collider. 
  18. ^ "‘The Equalizer 2′ Moving Forward After Positive Test Screenings; Denzel Washington Expected To Return". Flicks and Bits. February 24, 2014. 

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