Sony Pictures has handed out a September 29, 2017 release date for their action sequel The Equalizer 2, which has Denzel Washington set to return as McCall. The studio confirmed that Denzel Washington will return as Robert McCall at CinemaCon back in April, with the project serving as the actor's first ever sequel in his storied career. As of now, The Equalizer 2 doesn't have any direct competition on September 29, 2017, but it does come one week after Warner Bros.' Ninjago, a spinoff of The Lego Movie, and an untitled Sony Pictures Animation movie.
The Equalizer is based on the 1980s TV series of the same name, following McCall (Denzel Washington), a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. After coming out of his exile to help save a young prostitute Teri (Chloe Moretz), he finds himself in a war with deadly Russian gangsters. Marton Csokas, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo also starred in the remake, but it isn't known if any of those cast members will be back for the follow-up.
Sony hasn't announced who is writing or directing The Equalizer 2 yet, but it's possible that The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua could come back, especially since he is currently re-teaming with Denzel Washington on the Western remake The Magnificent Seven, which starts shooting this summer. Sony has handed out a January 13, 2017 release date for The Magnificent Seven, so fans will be getting a double-dose of Denzel Washington in 2017.