Sony Pictures on a quiet Wednesday night announced some major updates to its release calendar for the next two years, announcing that a few movies have been delayed and some others now have official release dates. Among those who have planted their flag for the future is The Equalizer 3, the third film in the reboot of the classic TV house starring Denzel Washington. The next film in the series is now slated to debut in theaters on September 1, 2023. If the film hopes to arrive by that date, production should begin before the end of the year, something the Academy Award-winning actor revealed happened before.
Speaking to Collider in an interview earlier this year, Washington confirmed the development on the third equalizer movie, saying “They wrote the third one equalizer, so I’m scheduled to do that. So I need to get in shape and start beating people up again. I can beat people up again. The tragedy of Macbeth and then some people start beating up. It can’t get any better, right?” Screenwriter Richard Wenk previously wrote the script for the first two equalizer movies starring Washington, but his involvement in the third film has not yet been confirmed.
Details of what might happen in the next film were not immediately announced by the studio or Washington, but director Antoine Fuqua previously expressed interest in an international adventure. “In my mind there is definitely a European adventure,” Fuqua told Collider in 2018. “In my mind I would like to see him in Europe in the future. God willing.”
Washington and Fuqua’s first equalizer The film debuted in 2014 with decent reviews but huge box office success with over $190 million in worldwide box office receipts. The success of the first film heralded the sequel and marked Washington’s first EVER follow-up to be released in 2019. Despite a lukewarm critical response, the film had nearly the same commercial success, making it something of a Hollywood anomaly. The upcoming third equalizer film marks the fifth collaboration between Washington and Fuqua. In addition to the other two Equalizer films, they teamed up on 2001’s Training Day, which earned the actor his second Academy Award, and the 2016 reboot of The beautiful seven†
In the time since Washington last played Robert McCall, the series, based on the 1980s TV show, was rebooted for the small screen with Queen Latifah taking on the title role. It seems unlikely that the movies and shows will have a crossover with each other.