After starring in a series of smaller dramas over the past few years, Russell Crowe has been in search of a mainstream hit lately. Although Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood has made $285 million worldwide this summer, that barely seems to justify the massive $200 million production budget. As a result, Crowe has apparently been keeping tabs on current trends and with ’80s nostalgia in such high demand right now, he has opted to attach himself to a big screen remake of the TV series The Equalizer.
The L.A. Times reports that Crowe will star as Robert McCall, a former secret agent with a shady background who now offers his services for free to those who need it. The TV series ran from 1985 to 1989 on CBS and starred British actor Edward Woodward in the lead role. He often found jobs through a newspaper ad that read, “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Sound like another ’80s TV series that just recently hit theatres?
The project has been in development for years, with Jason Statham rumoured to be starring in it at one point. It seems likely that the reason things are moving again on this project is due to the similarity in premise to The A-Team, although after The A-Team’s disappointing opening weekend, it not quite clear if this will help or hurt the project. There is currently no studio and no director on board, but the movie is being produced by Mace Neufeld (The Hunt for Red October, Lost in Space, Beverly Hills Cop III). Do you remember The Equalizer? Would you like to see a movie, and do you think Russell Crowe is a good choice for the lead role?