The third entry in the Equalizer franchise is in the works and this time it will reunite Denzel Washington with his Man On Fire co-star Dakota Fanning. Tony Scott’s remade Man On Fire is now 18 years old and phew my back hurts and where did I put my glasses?
Antoine Fuqua’s threequel, set up at Sony Pictures, continues the loose reimagining of the original TV show. Washington returns as Robert McCall, a former intelligence special operator who rights wrongs and helps those unable to help themselves, usually doing so by shooting and punching. He took on the Russian mafia in the first, featuring Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz and David Harbour. In the second he went up against his former squadmates who had turned.
Richard Wenk is writing once more with Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and Washington back as producers.
Fanning has been appearing in TNT’s The Alienist and Showtime’s The First Lady. Washington, Fuqua and all at Sony are currently keeping tight-lipped about storyline details, so we don’t know what role Fanning may play in the movie.
The original 1980s TV show, The Equalizer, ran on CBS from September 18, 1985, to August 24, 1989, and was co-created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. It starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a retired intelligence agent with a mysterious past, who uses the skills from his former career to exact justice on behalf of innocent people who find themselves in dangerous circumstances, while sometimes also dealing with people from his past in covert operations who want to pull him back in or settle old scores.
McCall’s former covert operations employers remained un-named, other than being referred to as “the Agency” or “the Company”. The free of charge services he offered were as a troubleshooter, a protector, and an investigator.
The Equalizer 3 will be released in cinemas on September 1st 2023.