When Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7 it received mixed reviews from those present. The critics pointed to the depictions of violence as the issue.
Really? They were the best parts! Who doesn’t want to see a member of the Russian Mob killed with a corkscrew or a nail gun?
Regardless, it went on to make nearly $200 million and a sequel followed, the first sequel star Denzel Washington had ever appeared in. A poorly received TV version starring Queen Latifah was also launched.
While out promoting the Apple TV+ release of The Tragedy of Macbeth from Joel Cohen, Washington confirmed that a third instalment is now coming, and it is imminent. He told Collider:
“They have written the third Equalizer, so I’m scheduled to do that. So I gotta get in shape and start beating people up again. I get to beat people up again. The tragedy of Macbeth and then going and beating some people up. Can’t get any better, right?”
Robert McCall, retired CIA operative and now extremely violent good samaritan, has already taken on the Russian mafia and corrupt mercenaries while ruining a perfectly good branch of Home Depot. Who is next?
Fuqua is not fully signed on to direct The Equalizer 3 just yet. If this is Washington’s next movie then negotiations with the director should be concluded quickly.
The original TV show, starring Edward Woodward in the role, starred Cobra Kai lead William Zabka in a very early role and earned Woodward an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama series for four years in a row without a win.