Sony Pictures are developing a big screen adaptation of 'The Equalizer' with Denzel Washington first choice to play the lead role.
Denzel Washington is set to star in 'The Equalizer'.
The 'Unstoppable' actor is Sony Pictures' top choice to take on the lead role in the adaptation of the 80s TV series - about an aging New York vigilante with a mysterious past - as part of a deal with production company Escape Artists.
A statement from the company said: "Sony Pictures Entertainment has extended its first-look non-exclusive deal with Escape Artists, the independently financed film and television production company headed by partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures. The three-year deal renews Sony Pictures' relationship with the company, which has been headquartered at the studio since 1998.
"A feature film adaptation of the hit 1980s television series 'The Equalizer', to be written by Richard Wenk. The project is being developed with Denzel Washington in mind to star and Alex Siskind is partnered with Escape Artists to produce. Washington previously starred in Escape Artists' The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and starred in and directed Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters for producer Todd Black."
Denzel can next be seen on the big screen in new action thriller 'Safe House' with Ryan Reynolds, who called the action star "adorable".
He said: "He's very Method. He's living, eating, breathing and sleeping his character. I have to always call him Frost and he calls me Matt. It's adorable."