Director Antoine Fuqua‘s 2014 film adaptation of The Equalizer scored an impressive $192.3 million worldwide at the box office. Now, Columbia Pictures has set a release date for the sequel, which will be on September 29, 2017. Denzel Washington is expected to return to play the role of Robert McCall, a former black ops commando in voluntary retirement.
The films are based on the television series, which ran on CBS from 1985-1989 for a total of 88 episodes. Robert McCall was portrayed by the late British actor Edward Woodward. His character on the show is a private detective with a lot of contacts who is available for hire if you have a problem that you don’t know how to solve. His no-nonsense attitude, compassion and experience for dealing with a wide variety of situations makes him a powerful and useful detective.
It is unclear whether Fuqua will return for the sequel. He is again teaming up with Washington for the remake of John Sturges‘ western classic The Magnificent Seven, which is based on Akira Kurosawa‘s Seven Samurai.
The Equalizer 2 is scheduled to open in theaters on September 29, 2017. The film will star Denzel Washington. Richard Wenk (The Mechanic) wrote the screenplay based on characters created by Richard Lindheim and Michael Sloan. No announcement has been made as to who will direct.