Schmoes Know are reporting that Denzel Washington is the guy being sought to lead MGM's reboot of the John Sturges classic The Magnificent Seven. As we know, Antoine Fuqua was recently offered the job, because if you're thinking of a modern day John Sturges, it's obviously the guy who made Olympus Has Fallen. The report claims that not only has Fuqua taken the offer (over other MGM projects The Equalizer 2 and Narco Sub) but he rang up Mr. Washington himself.
Denzel Washington provided the grit and machismo that made Training Day Fuqua's most revered movie. Washington won the Best Actor Oscar, and co-star Ethan Hawke also received a nomination. It would be the last film Fuqua ever made that would receive any awards attention. But apparently test scores for The Equalizer, which teams Fuqua with Washington once again, are through the roof. MGM is hot on the idea of a sequel to The Equalizer months before the film's actual release, but it might be best for Fuqua and Washington to try something else first.