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Brian Lindsey
09-29-2010, 05:17 PM
http://www.eccentric-cinema.com/cult_tv/images/equalizer01.jpg
Seems like Russell Crowe may star in a movie adaptation of '80s TV series The Equalizer, to be scripted (and possibly directed) by Paul Haggis (CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE):
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/46785

Crowe has the chops, of course, even if the Robert McCall character is supposed to be somewhat older. (I've always thought Timothy Dalton -- who's in his 60s but can still do action [see HOT FUZZ] -- would be perfect for a remake, but I understand that the studios would want a big-time movie star.)

Daniel M
09-29-2010, 05:32 PM
I haven't been around here long enough to know the Maniacs take on Haggis. I just know from other message boards that he tends to get slagged a great deal. I like him and think he'll do a solid job with this.

I like Russell Crowe and understand the desire to "go younger," hence Anthony Hopkins, who would fit the character like a glove, is getting passed over.

I loved Pierce Brosnan in GHOST WRITER and I like where he's at at this stage in his career. He'd be my choice. I also think Ian McShane would kill in the role but he's probably considered too old AND not an A-list lead.

Troy Howarth
09-29-2010, 07:02 PM
The Equalizer is one of my favorite shows for one reason: Edward Woodward. He brought a quality to that show that you just didn't see in American crime dramas of the period. Take him out of the mix and it wouldn't have been as special. Crowe can be a good actor - though I think he often walks through his roles, to be honest - but I don't like the idea of casting him in this role. It's gonna happen, but I agree with Daniel - somebody like McShane would be so much preferable. Hell, I think Ben Kingsley would be good casting, too.

RichardDoyle
09-29-2010, 07:05 PM
Crowe just doesn't seem the right type, but I doubt he'd be bad. I like the Timothy Dalton idea.

Aaron G
09-29-2010, 07:47 PM
This could be good. But Crowe would probably be batter as 'CRACKER', he's got the bulk.

Jason Lee
09-29-2010, 08:58 PM
Not happy about CROWE in this either...Woodward was GREAT in this ..hard to beat him...

Also, they had better keep the kick-ass opening theme tune!!

Daniel M
09-29-2010, 09:28 PM
^ Steward Copeland's opening theme was iconic. It MUST stay.

And this "new" Equalizer had better drive a Jag.

Troy Howarth
09-29-2010, 09:49 PM
It won't stay... I love the theme, too, but do you think a young audience will accept that kind of theme? IF they reuse it, it will be modernized - a la the new Hawaii 5-0, for example.

James Morton
09-30-2010, 12:07 PM
Russell Crowe - no way would he be my choice!
Overrated - if it does get made, his mate Ridley Scott would direct
Crowe's films are crap anyway
Edward Woodward was brilliant

mark t
09-30-2010, 12:11 PM
Love to see Ian McShane in this. Love to see him in more anything, truth be told. I also like the idea of Ben Kingsley, that guy is too awesome.

BobG
09-30-2010, 04:14 PM
This could be good. But Crowe would probably be batter as 'CRACKER', he's got the bulk.

Maybe wait a couple of years and let Russ star in the big screen adaptation of CANNON...

http://images.easyart.com/i/prints/rw/lg/2/3/Celebrity-Image-William-Conrad-237453.jpg

Troy Howarth
09-30-2010, 05:30 PM
That's really not a bad idea!

RichardDoyle
09-30-2010, 05:34 PM
I noticed that Crowe is starring in Haggis' film "The Next Three Days" coming out later this year. I imagine that's why he's penciled in for this one too.

James Morton
10-01-2010, 06:53 PM
Love to see Ian McShane in this. Love to see him in more anything, truth be told. I also like the idea of Ben Kingsley, that guy is too awesome.

yeah, they were great in SEXY BEAST. especially kingsley