Antoine Fuqua returns for The Equalizer 2

‘The Equalizer’ director will return for the sequel.

During an interview with Collider, the film’s producer Todd Black confirmed that director Antone Fuqua will return for ‘The Equalizer 2’… and gave a quick update on how the film is coming along.

“The script is done,” he explained. “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.”

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“We’re going to do a little bit more work,” he added, “and we’re going to go into casting right after that for his nemesis.”

Of course, Denzel Washington has already been confirmed as reprising the role of Robert McCall - the titular Equalizer who exacts vigilante justice to aid those in need. In the first movie, he crosses paths with Alina (played by Chloë Grace Moretz) and helps the young teen escape a life of prostitution at the hands of a Russian mob.

So how did they convince Washington to take on his first sequel?

“It helps when you know him really well and you tell him at a nice expensive lunch that this could be his franchise,” said Black. “He’s always wanted to do a franchise, and he liked the Bourne movies, the earlier ones. I’ve had a friendship with him for 27 years and we’ve talked about him doing a franchise character, so when my partners and I got the rights to Equalizer, we were like, “Let’s get Denzel to finally do one. This could be the one.” It was never made as a movie and a lot of people didn’t know it was a TV show … but you’ve probably heard the title. He liked the title and I said to him, “Let us write it for you and if you like the script, great; if you don’t, we’ll go get another actor.” So he signed up for that and it worked.”

‘The Equalizer 2’ stars Denzel Washington as the iconic Robert McCall.

Antoine Fuqua will direct, based on a screenplay by Richard Wenk.

‘The Equalizer 2’ heads to cinemas on 29 September 2017.

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Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures