THE EQUALIZER: RUSSELL CROWE!
One of my very favorite ‘80s television shows was The Equalizer (CBS 1985 – 1989) starring Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a former spy turned private eye/vigilante. McCall’s backgroudn was murky, but it was clear that as a spy he’d done anumber of thing of which he hasn’t proud. As The Equalizer he searched for repentance through righting wrongs for the persecuted by settling scores with their persecutors. He ran an ad in the want ads reading "GOT A PROBLEM? ODDS AGAINST YOU? CALL THE EQUALIZER!"
While the film version of the show has been on the books before (with a script by Michael Connelly and Terill Lee Lankford) it has been in devlopment hell for several years. Now the L.A. Times is reporting Russell Crowe has been attached to star in the feature.
This is cool news for fans of both the show and Crowe – for whom playing a character with a mysterious past and a dark edgy side could be enough to make viewers forget his latest turn as Robin Hood. However, trying to match the performance of the consumate Edward Woodward wil be an exacting task.
None of this will be happening in a hurry. There isn’t a new script, a director, or even a studio agreement yet. But the powers who now control the concept appear bent on briging the film to fruition.