Sony Pictures offered major updates to its release schedule for the next two years on a quiet Wednesday night, announcing that a few movies have been delayed and others now officially have release dates. Among those who have planted their flag for the future is Equalizer 3, the third film in the reboot of the classic TV property starring Denzel Washington.
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The next film in the series is now set to debut in theaters on September 1, 2023. If the film was hoping to arrive on that date, that would mean production must begin before the end of the year, which the Oscar-winning actor previously revealed was occurring.
Talk with Collider in an interview earlier this year, Washington confirmed the development of the third Equalizer movie saying, “They wrote the third Equalizer, so I’m planning on doing it. So I have to get back in shape and start beating people again. I can still beat people.
The tragedy of Macbeth, then going to beat people up. Can’t get any better, can it?” Screenwriter Richard Wenk previously penned the screenplay for the first two Equalizer films featuring Washington but his involvement in the third film has yet to be confirmed.
Details on what might happen in the next film weren’t immediately announced by the studio or Washington, but director Antoine Fuqua had previously expressed interest in an international venture.
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“In my mind, there is a European adventure, absolutely,” said Fuqua Collider in 2018. “In my mind, that’s what I would love to, to see him in Europe, in the future. God willing.”
The premiere of Washington and Fuqua Equalizer The film debuted in 2014 to decent reviews but was a massive box office hit with over $190 million in worldwide box office receipts. The success of the first film heralded the sequel, marking Washington’s first EVER follow-up which was released in 2019.
Despite a lukewarm critical reaction, the film had nearly identical commercial success, making it something of an anomaly in Hollywood. . The third to come Equalizer will mark the fifth collaboration between Washington and Fuqua.
In addition to the other two Equalizer films, they worked together on 2001’s Workout Day, which earned the actor his second Oscar, and the 2016 reboot of The Magnificent Seven.
Since Washington last played Robert McCall, the series, based on the 1980s TV show, has been rebooted for the small screen with Queen Latifah taking on the lead role. It seems unlikely that the movies and shows will cross paths.