10 Stories you might have missed: Universal wants 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in theaters next summer
Also: Rupert Wyatt may direct Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer’
'Planet of the Apes'' Rupert Wyatt may direct Denzel Washington in ‘The Equalizer’
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes'' director Rupert Wyatt won't be returning for that film's sequel, but now he has his eye on another high-profile film.
Wyatt is circling the big screen version of "The Equalizer," set to star Denzel Washington, according to Deadline. he's the latest director to be considered for the film.
"Drive" director Nicholas Winding Refn was previously set to helm the vigilante drama, based on the CBS which starred Edward Woodward and ran from 1985 to 1989. The show centered on a former secret agent who devoted his retired life to helping those in need when the system fails them.
Other directors who were reportedly considered include Pierre Morel ("Taken"), Gavin O’Connor ("Warrior") and Gareth Evans ("The Raid").
Richard Wenk ("The Expendables 2") wrote the script, while Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will produce for Escape Artists, along with Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan, and Washington himself.
"The Equalizer" is scheduled to being shooting in Boston in June.
Wyatt is also attached to direct the AMC pilot "Turn," and the big screen drama "Birdsong," set to star Nicholas Hoult ("Warm Bodies," "X-Men: First Class").