Deadline bring word that Sony Pictures has tapped Denzel Washington to lead ‘The Equalizer.’ Loosely based on Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim’s hit 1980s TV series of the same name, the original ‘The Equalizer’ series was lead by Edward Woodward as a mysterious former covert operations officer who helps people in trouble. This new film adaptation has that basic premise but takes off in its own way. Washington’s character is described as a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized.

Alongside Denzel Washington’s involvement, Sony Pictures are set to start meeting with a number of directors to helm the film. Names on the studio’s list are said to include Pierre Morel (Taken), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson), Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption). Washington is coming off this years ‘Safe House,’ and will next be seen starring in the Robert Zemeckis-directed Oscar season entry ‘Flight’ for Paramount. Washington is currently shooting ‘2 Guns’ with Mark Wahlberg, the Emmett/Furla-financed drama that will be released by Universal Pictures. ‘The Equalizer’ is set to start filming April 8th in (most likely) Boston.