There have been talks circulating around a sequel to the 2014 crime thriller The Equalizer, but producer Todd Black has officially confirmed that THE EQUALIZER 2 is happening with director Antoine Fuqua directing and Denzel Washington set to reprise his role as Robert McCall. Screenwriter Richard Wenk has also returned to pen the script.
Black confirmed the news about The Equalizer 2 at a Q&A after a screening of Fuqua’s latest saying: “The script is done. We start shooting right after Labor Day, maybe right before Labor Day depending on Denzel’s schedule. So Equalizer 2 will start shooting in September of next year, maybe earlier depending on another movie that we’re shooting with Denzel before that. We’re going to do a little bit more work and we’re going to go into casting right after that for his nemesis.”
This will mark Washington’s first sequel in a franchise. Further details about the story have been kept under wraps, but it will continue the story of Robert McCall. In the first installment, he aims to put his mysterious past behind him and dedicates himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by — he has to help her. The movie is based on the TV show from the ’80s starring Edward Woodward.
Fuqua and Washington have become a prominent director-actor duo having worked together on the original Equalizer as well as Training Day and the forthcoming Western reboot The Magnificient Seven.
Fuqua is currently filming the TV crime drama Ice as well as the small screen adaptation of Training Day.
Washington can be seen next in the big screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play Fences opposite Viola Davis.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer