Oscar winner Denzel Washington is now committed to play the title role in Sony's big screen version of the 1980s TV series The Equalizer, with the hunt on for a director to make the film's spring 2013 start date, IGN reports.
Written by Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) the film will be produced by Escape Artists with filming expected to start on April 8th in Boston.
Deadline claims Sony is mulling the following filmmakers for the director's seat: Pierre Morel (Taken), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption).
Washington will play the enigmatic Robert McCall, portrayed on the 1985-89 CBS television series by the late Edward Woodward. McCall's past was shrouded in mystery, but it was known that he'd once been a secret agent for an unnamed intelligence organization and had an estranged adult son. In an attempt to redeem himself for his dark past, he offered his services for free to those in need of help in the form of a newspaper classified ad that read: "Got A Problem? Odds Against You? Call The Equalizer."