Sequel to Denzel Washington Thriller ‘Equalizer’ Moves Forward as Sony Brings Back Writer Richard Wenk (Exclusive)

Sequel to Denzel Washington Thriller 'Equalizer' Moves Forward as Sony Brings Back Writer Richard Wenk (Exclusive)

Antoine Fuqua's thriller, which also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, has been testing through the roof

108336445Seven months before the film hits theaters, Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are feeling confident in their Denzel Washington thriller “The Equalizer,” as screenwriter Richard Wenk has closed a deal to write the sequel, TheWrap has learned.

“The Equalizer” has been testing through the roof, prompting Sony to move quickly on a sequel so the project has momentum by the time the first film hits theaters on Sept. 26. A mid-December test screening reportedly earned the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio's history.

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Washington is expected to reprise his role in “Equalizer 2,” though there is no deal in place yet. He may have to renegotiate his contract, as his original deal did not include an option for a sequel despite the fact that Sony has long viewed the property as a potential franchise.

Washington has never starred in a sequel, but “The Equalizer 2” is poised to be his first should Antoine Fuqua's film prove to be a hit this fall.

“The Equalizer” is based on the 1980s TV show that starred Edward Woodward as the title character. Now it's Washington playing retired intelligence officer Robert McCall, whose act of kindness toward a young prostitute gets him embroiled with the Russian mob.

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Chloe Grace Moretz co-stars as the sex worker alongside Melissa Leo, Bill Pullman, Haley Bennett, David Harbour and Marton Csokas as the villain.

Escape Artists partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch produced “The Equalizer” with Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge and series creator Michael Sloan. David Bloomfield executive produced the film.

Wenk, who also boasts a producer credit on “The Equalizer,” previously wrote “The Expendables 2,” the Jason Statham action movie “The Mechanic” and the 2006 Bruce Willis thriller “16 Blocks.” He's repped by the Gersh Agency, the Arlook Group and Schreck Rose Dapello & Adams.

Washington is repped by WME.

  • David

    Good for him, it's a fantastic script and reading it you can picture Denzel, glad he gets to do the sequel as well. Amy Pascal rocks.

  • Dan

    “Washington has never starred in a sequel, but “The Equalizer 2” is
    poised to be his first should Antoine Fuqua’s film prove to be a hit
    this fall”.

    The reason he's never starred in a sequel is because as he stated in multiple interviews, he's not a fan of sequels. Basically he doesn't do sequels, and considering his box office power, he doesn't have to worry.

  • Mike

    Will it have Chloe Moretz again? Studio better fit her in or the lack of her borderline pedophilic fanbase will see a box office drop off.

    • blindasabat

      I'm fairly sure that test audiences aren't drawn from asylums or “pedophiles only need apply” respondents. One can assume then that the general movie going populace are rating it thru the roof. I think in a Freudian, the man doth protest too much kind of way, you may be revealing more of yourself than you intended.

  • Mike

    I'll wait for the dvd to come to netflix……tv series theatrical remakes are not worth admission