Paul Haggis eyeing 'Equalizer' script


Fresh off their collaboration on "The Next Three Days," Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe may be working together on a new project: "The Equalizer."

Crowe has long been attached as a star and producer of the feature adaptation of the late-'80s TV series, and Haggis, who just directed Crowe in the upcoming Lionsgate thriller "Days," is negotiating to take on the script. While the direction of the feature version is still being plotted, the original CBS series concerned the exploits of a former secret agent turned vigilante who could be hired to right wrongs.

Edward Woodward originated the role of Robert McCall, who provided services for clients free of charge, on the condition they returned his help if he ever came calling. As opposed to the jokiness of the era's other shows such as "The A-Team," "Magnum P.I." and "Simon & Simon," "The Equalizer" was remarkably grim. It also featured a notable theme song composed by Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists are producing the film along with Tony Eldridge of Lonetree Entertainment, Mace Neufeld, Alex Siskin and Michael Sloan.

Haggis is not on the hook to direct at the moment, though that remains a possibility. The only other project he has been attached to helm is an adaptation of "Ranger's Apprentice" that he co-wrote for United Artists and stalled as a result of corporate parent MGM's financial struggles.

Repped by CAA and Intellectual Property Group, Haggis most recently wrote and directed "In the Valley of Elah" and co-wrote the James Bond films "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale." "The Next Three Days," which Haggis also wrote and produced, hits theaters in November.

The WME-repped Crowe most recently starred in "Robin Hood" and "State of Play."
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