Denzel Washington in The Equalizer

The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington in a version of the role that Edward Woodward made popular on TV in the ’80s, has barely even begun its marketing push, but a sequel is already under way. The first film opens on September 26, and so we haven’t yet seen a trailer. There’s only one official still (above). But The Wrap reports that test screening audiences have loved it, with one December screening delivering the highest-ever scores for an R-rated movie at Sony.

And so Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2, The Mechanic, 16 Blocks) has been hired to script the sequel. Read More »

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Just as we’re enjoying the last of 2012′s cinematic offerings, the latest edition of the Black List has hit the web. The annual survey highlights the hottest unproduced screenplays of the year, as based on the votes of hundreds of executives.

The term “unproduced” is used rather vaguely here. Some of these scripts (like Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day and Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence) already have a director or star attached, while others are still floating around in search of the right studio or producer. The subjects and honorees range greatly as well. Nazi hunters, Hillary Clinton, the NFL, and time-traveling teens are among the subjects of this year’s winners, and the screenwriters run the gamut from industry newcomers to seasoned pros.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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Universal isn’t giving up on its long-gestating Creature From the Black Lagoon remake. The project’s been kicking around in one form or another since the early ’80s, but has been pretty quiet the past few years. Now the studio’s starting fresh with writer Dave Kajganich. The scribe is no stranger to horror remakes. He was behind The Invasion, a 2007 remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In addition, he’s working on new versions of Stephen King’s Pet Semetary, It, and The Stand.

Kajganich will be starting from scratch on Black Lagoon, rather than rewriting any of the earlier drafts. Contrary to previous reports that Carl Erik Rinsch was in talks to direct, Black Lagoon has no director at this time. [THR]

After the jump, He-Man and Shadowman also get new writers.

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Denzel Washington May Be ‘The Equalizer’

Looks like Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe aren’t going to revive ’80s TV show The Equalizer, after all. Last year Haggis was in talks to write a big-screen version of the show that starred Edward Woodward as a retired secret agent who tries to atone for his violent past by offering his services, pro bono, to those in need. The film also had Crowe attached to play the lead role, and it was easy to guess how he’d work out in the role originated by Woodward.

But things change, and in the year since we last heard about the project both Haggis and Crowe have evidently moved on. Today Sony released a statement about the company’s continuing first-look deal with production company Escape Artists. The release runs down several in-development projects, one of which is The Equalizer. It says that the film is being developed as a starring vehicle for Denzel Washington. Read More »

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