Deadline are reporting that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt will helm a film adaptation of The Equalizer.
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn most recently attached to the project before dropping out last month.
Denzel Washington will star in the $50 million film as a former covert operations officer who has dedicated his life to helping people in trouble, with the studio, Sony, seeing this as the beginning of a potential franchise.
Wyatt recently departed Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes following creative differences with the studio.
The Equalizer was originally a popular TV series during the 1980s starring Edward Woodward as Robert McCall.