Denzel’s ‘Equalizer’ already getting sequel buzz before it hits theaters

Denzel Washington in 'The Equalizer'

Denzel Washington in 'The Equalizer'

The Equalizer, Denzel Washington‘s reunion with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, is generating such hot buzz that there are already rumors about a sequel.

The movie, which is based on a popular late-’80s TV show of the same name, is not hitting theaters until this fall but is already a hit with test audiences.

The Wrap reports: “The Equalizer has been testing through the roof, prompting Sony to move quickly on a sequel so the project has momentum by the time the first film hits theaters on Sept. 26. A mid-December test screening reportedly earned the highest scores for an R-rated movie in the studio’s history.”

The action film, which has echoes of Denzel’s hit Man on Fire, centers around a retired black ops commando who takes on Russian mobsters to rescue a kidnapped girl, played by Chloë Grace Moretz.

Fuqua, hot off Olympus Has Fallen, and Washington would likely return for a follow-up which would mark the first sequel of the Oscar winner’s career.