Equalizer from TV to movie?

Equalizer.jpgWho can forget those immortal words?

Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.

Oh that was such a good series, I loved the Equalizer (US spelling of course!), Edward Woodward was the coolest character on TV, even than Bodie and Doyle and that won’t be long away from making a movie post on here either I imagine. I mean he even survived a heart attack and came back to the series!

It’s interesting that when I first joined I remember a spate of posts about videogame adaptations, then comic books (both of which are still going on) and now we’re into TV series galore. Coming Soon have the awesome news:

The 1980s CBS drama The Equalizer is headed to the big screen, reports Variety. Mace Neufeld, one of the producers of Sahara and the catalyst behind the series of adaptations of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books, is teaming with series creator and executive producer Michael Sloan and Tony Eldridge on the project.

It’s just a real shame that Woodward wasn’t immortal and couldn’t take up the lead again. He was perfect in the role, restrained, controlled but dark and menacing, and the few times when he lost that control the power on the screen was superb. However, Woodwards performances for me are two, Callan and The Wicker Man. To this day I still remember him grinding his hand into the bucket of sand to strengthen it up.

Back to the Equalizer. I think perhaps they could get away with this, there are powerful actors out there to carry it off, the story is already pretty generic, but there’s enough there to build on, it’s not out of genre for today’s movie goers, and I don’t think there’s going to be such a strong following of the show as others. Am I wrong?

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