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Russell Crowe as The Equalizer

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The 1980s are back in a big way now with Hollywood. The number one movie at the box office is a remake of The Karate Kid, and the number two movie is a film adaptation of The A-Team. Case closed.

The Weinsteins had the movie rights to The Equalizer for years until the option lapsed and Red October producer Mace Neufeld came onboard to develop it. The show was a Death Wish-light actioner that aired on CBS starring Edward Woodward as a former three-letter government agency man now taking odd jobs for civilians; nothing fancy but a serviceable, commercial weekly. Now the L.A. Times is breaking word that Russell Crowe has attached himself in the lead role, which is kind of a way for Crowe to say, "Whoa, that Robin Hood movie didn't turn out the way I had thought it would."

I'm not going to Photoshop Crowe's face over original Equalizer star Edward Woodward's mug for the purposes of this news article; instead I'll let other sites go mad with their 'shop skillz. I don't think that it's a bad idea or move for Crowe; he has the right kind of gravitas that Woodward oozed in the part and with the right director onboard an Equalizer movie could be fun to see. And just because Crowe is attached to the movie doesn't mean that it will happen for sure.

Yeah, tell that to Ralph Macchio.

-The Los Angeles Times.
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Posted: 9 years 21 weeks ago

I would have been more amused if Nicolas Cage had been tapped for this.  He's already played one character originated by Woodward.  My only hope is that his version of The Equalizer would be as ridiculous as his version of The Wicker Man.

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Posted: 9 years 21 weeks ago

I absolutely loved The Equalizer when it was on TV.  I hope they don't screw it up.

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Posted: 9 years 21 weeks ago

I keep confusing this with that other show Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer: Private Eye which is also 1983, 84-87,89,97-98 which overlays The Equalizer run on CBS from 85 to 89

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Posted: 9 years 21 weeks ago

The best thing about the Equalizer was the 80's synth theme tune.

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Posted: 9 years 21 weeks ago

I believe the original Equalizer was Ernie from Sesame Street. He and Bert would each have a sandwich, but one sandwich would be bigger than the other, so Ernie would eat part of the bigger sandwich, i.e. he would attempt to "equalize" the sandwiches.

Faster and faster, a nightmare we ride. Who'll take the reins when the miracle dies? Faster and faster till everything dies. Killing is our way of keeping alive. - Virgin Steele, Blood and Gasoline