According to Variety, the Weinstein Company has signed crime novelist Michael Connelly (“Blood Work”) and Terrill Lee Lankford to pen the screenplay for The Equalizer, their feature remake of the popular ’80s TV series.
Connelly is best known for his series of novels starring police detective Harry Bosch, while Lankford, a regular collaborator of Connelly, is also an author, who has worked on severla indie films. The remake will be directed by Lucky Number Slevin helmer Paul McGuigan, but no cast has been attached as of yet.
The original show starred British actor Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, and the dark, character-driven crime show was a CBS hit in the late ’80s. Each episode would see Woodward’s former intelligence officer helping his client settle a score.
Connelly acknowledged in a statement that “times have certainly changed since the days of the television show” but said he and his co-scribe “plan to build a character that is of these times but to also keep the heart and soul of the show intact.”