After the success of the first film, Sony Pictures decided to embark on the production of “Equalizer 2”, still worn by Denzel Washington. But did you know that this film saga is adapted from a television series?
Equalizer : two successful films
In 2014, the filmmaker Antoine Fuqua decides to embark on the production of Equalizer. Worn by Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz, the story tells how Paul McCall, a former secret agent, is forced to return to duty to protect an innocent young girl. At the time, Equalizer received overall positive reviews and reported over $ 192 million in box office revenue (for a budget of 55 million). Faced with this success, Sony Pictures decides to produce a sequel: Equalizer 2.
Released in 2018, Equalizer 2 sees the returns of Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington. This is the fourth time that the two men have worked together after Training Day, the first Equalizer and The 7 Mercenaries. The rest of the cast Equalizer 2 consists of Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman, among others. Unfortunately for Sony, this sequel was much less well received by critics. At the box office, this second part is maintained with more than $ 190 million in revenue, but this time for a budget of $ 62 million.
Did you know this saga is adapted from a television series?
Indeed, before being films, Equalizer it’s an eponymous TV series. Created in 1985 by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim, this series focused on Robert McCall, this time played by Edward Woodward. Aired in the late 1980s on CBS and from 1991 on M6 in France, this series met with some success at the time. Four seasons were produced by CBS, until 1989 and the show stopped. In all, these are 88 episodes that saw the light of day. The success was such that comedian Edward Woodward even won a Golden Globe in 1987.
It is thus from this postulate thatAntoine Fuqua directed these two film adaptations. At present, Sony is possibly considering producing a third film, but Denzel Washington seems little interested in the idea. However, the studio has just released a new series derived from the universe. Equalizer. Soberly titled The Equalizer, this series created by Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller has been broadcast on CBS since February 7. Here, no Denzel Washington, but Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall, which comes to the free aid of its fellow citizens victims of dangerous gangsters. A show which does not force originality and which is placed as a remake of the 1985 series. A season 2 will also soon land.