“You seem like a man who understands violence…”
Well, I know what I’m doing on July 20, and it’s got plenty to do with Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer 2 which arrives on July 20. I’ve payed less attention to the sports-tethered promos that have went live and mainly because I don’t really watch sports, but it’s good to see Sony buckling down on the hype again. The first trailer has already sold me and so while that hasn’t changed, I only fear that I’ve spoiled myself some. Ugh.
Denzel Washington returns to one of his signature roles in the first sequel of his career. Robert McCall serves an unflinching justice for the exploited and oppressed – but how far will he go when that is someone he loves?
It’s funny. I haven’t had a lot of incentive to get into such a variety of streaming TV programs what with all the amime I’m already taking in. However, being already familiar with the work of actor Pedro Pascal and reading of his latest attachment to The Equalizer 2 for Sony Pictures and Escape Artists, I’m actually inclined now to check out Netflix’s Wagner Moura-led crime series, Narcos when I get around to it.
As far as remakes and reboots go, the 2014 adaptation of hit TV series, The Equalizer, seems to signal that director Antoine Fuqua knows how to gel with certain properties on par for big screen prospects. Thus, his latest comes by way of another remake classic, The Magnificent Seven, previously iterated by John Sturges with respect to late film auteur Kurosawa Akira.
Landing our main roster of heroes and villians in the old West, Fuqua reunites with actors Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke among an ensemble cast that sees the heroes take on an evil industrialist. The most recent trailer from July certainly lends an appealing view for Fuqua’s treatment while we may very well get a second trailer with the film currently due in just over three weeks. In the meantime, the marketing campaign continues as per the current rollout of character vignettes, and Fandango’s exclusive presentation of the new IMAX poster which you can view below ahead of the film’s TIFF premiere on September 8, and wide theatrical release on September 23.
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven.” With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
Hopefully all of the glowing reviews published online (including mine) and the overall box-office success of Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 hit, The Equalizer, garnered enough reason for you to at least see it on disc or VOD by now. It’s one of the best action films in recent memory next to John Wick and led by Denzel Washington, a stellar actor with just the right amount of gravitas to give the main character the cinematic boost it needed on the big screen as it did then on television starring Edward Woodward.
Surely enough the film finally greenlit the sequel back in April, which probably wasn’t much of a surprise for those who were able to attend test screenings for the film, and with delightful results to boot. Alas, various media sites including Collider are now reporting an official release date set for September 29, 2017. There’s no word yet on who else is cast aside from the likelihood that Washington could return, and we still don’t know if Fuqua will come back to direct; obviously considering the explosive work done on the first film, it would only make sense for these two to get back together again.
In the meantime, the film is the second title to be dated for the same year as the latest official Fuqua/Washington pairing, The Magnificent Seven, which arrives nine months earlier.
Stay tuned for more info and don’t forget to check out Fuqua’s new boxing drama, Southpaw, later next month!
For all the bruhaha from some critics over director Neill Blomkamp’s 2013 sci-fi epic, Elysium, at best, it was a film I ultimately enjoyed. It especially landed actor Wagner Moura on my radar while I haven’t yet seen his previous films, Elite Squad and Elite Squad 2 – they’re on my watchlist, so all things in good time.
Meanwhile, Moura‘s screen presence is defintely something I look forward to, particularly with director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming remake, The Magnificent Seven. The film itself is one that’s come up on occasion in the last few years, interestingly enough with the previously-mentioned and hopeful involvement of Martin Scorsese and action duo Donnie Yen and Yuen Woo-Ping for a remake of Seven Samurai, the 1954 Kurosawa Akira classic on which helmer John Sturges’s 1960 western in question was based. For now though, it’s Sturges’s movie in the headlines and Training Day trio, stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke and director Antoine Fuqua tapped to work on the film along with The Equalizer co-star, actress Haley Bennett and actors Chris Pratt and (hopefully) Marvel’s Daredevil co-star, actor Vincent D’onofrio, and now with Moura joining in.
The new script from scribes John Lee Hancock and Nic Pizzolatto will center on Bennett‘s role as a grieving widow who hires a disparate group of bounty hunter to avenge her husband’s death at the hands of a rutheless gold-mining baron, offering them enough money to split seven ways to get the job done. Sony has since planted a flag for the film’s release date of January 13, 2017 on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
In the meantime, Moura can be seen this August in Netflix’s upcoming series, Narcos, while Fuqua settles in this July with upcoming boxing drama, Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, in addition to (hopefully being the one to facilitate) a sequel to his September 2014 hit, The Equalizer, which Variety now reports has officially been greenlit by Sony as of this week for Washington to return to star.
Lots of work ahead. Keep your eyes peeled!
There’s something to be said about a certain type of project and the goodness it brings when all the right people come together. In 2000, that very project came in the form of the award-winning crooked cop thriller, Training Day, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington.
Last year’s go-around with the Denzel Washington/Antoine Fuqua hit pairing, The Equalizer, turned out some really amazing from its cast. One such performance came from supporting actress Haley Bennett who plays a friend to that of lead actress Chloe Grace Moretz in the story of a monastic former government operative whose fight for a young girl’s freedom from human traffickers turned into a sprawling one-man war against an entire criminal organization, and at the rate we’re going, we could very well see a sequel.
Before then, director Fuqua and our lead actor Washington are bound to rejoin for the production of The Magnificent Seven as of last June – a remake of the original 1960 classic western directed by John Sturges and starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen. Actor Chris Pratt was announced for a possible role in the film last December as well, and now, Deadline is reporting the film could very likely reunite Fuqua and Washington with actress Bennett for a leading role – a widow who hires a bounty hunter to avenge her husband’s death at the hands of a rutheless gold-mining baron, offering enough money to split seven ways with his men to get the job done.
As a noteworthy mention, Pratt‘s name is also one with major circulation in the year following his successful start at Marvel as Star Lord in Walt Disney Co.’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, with any number of roles now lining up in his direction, including Cowboy Ninja Viking and Friday’s Deadline report of his pick by Steven Spielberg for a reboot of Indiana Jones. Hopefully we’ll learn more about which will come first in the months ahead as 2015 grows itself into another busy and exciting year for movies!
Stay tuned for more info!
Yahoo! Movies has a brand new poster and clip for the upcoming September 26, 2014 release of the new action thriller, The Equalizer, from Sony Pictures. The film is also getting an IMAX, and a sequel has already greenlit following positive feedback from early test screenings, so I’m already sold.
IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Equalizer, the highly anticipated reteaming of Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres worldwide starting September 26.
Actor Denzel Washington is getting some more screentime this week with a new trailer for the upcoming release of director Antoine Fuqua‘s new action thriller, The Equalizer, based on the hit TV series of the same name. The new trailer contains a little bit more footage revealing some extra goodies filmgoers can expect when it releases this Fall on September 26, including the arrival of a new song performed by hip-hop artist Eminem, accompanied with vocals by singer, Sia.