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Russell CroweRemember The Equalizer? Of course you do. For those under 30's out there who don't understand the question, it was a classic 80s TV series that starred British actor Edward Woodward as Robert McCall a former secret service agent who became a vigilante on the mean streets of New York.

Acting as a private detective for hire, people found him through a classified ad that appeared in the opening credits - "Odds against you? Call The Equalizer".

Now it has emerged that Russell Crowe is behind a project to bring The Equalizer to the big screen taking on Edward Woodward's character. According to the LA Times, the project is in the hands of Hunt For Red October producer Mace Neufeld but no studio is attached as yet.

Find out more after the jump... Russell CroweRemember The Equalizer? Of course you do. For those under 30's out there who don't understand the question, it was a classic 80s TV series that starred British actor Edward Woodward as Robert McCall a former secret service agent who became a vigilante on the mean streets of New York.

Acting as a private detective for hire, people found him through a classified ad that appeared in the opening credits - "Odds against you? Call The Equalizer".

Now it has emerged that Russell Crowe is behind a project to bring The Equalizer to the big screen taking on Edward Woodward's character. According to the LA Times, the project is in the hands of Hunt For Red October producer Mace Neufeld but no studio is attached as yet.

Perhaps after the overly serious version of Robin Hood that Crowe was behind, he's looking to return to the gritty action men that made his reputation.

The original series had lots of great things going for it - a theme tune by The Police drummer Stewart Copeland, an iconic old school hard man car in McCall's Jaguar XJ6 and a stream of guest stars - Adam Ant, Macaulay Culkin, Christian Slater - during it's four-year run on mainstream TV from 1985 to 1989.

But mainly what the show had was the fearless and believable screen presence of Woodward as he utilised his shady contacts and meted out justice on the rapists, murderers and drug dealers of New York. Whether Russell Crowe is up to the job of following Woodward - who died last October - is open to debate. What do you think?

Just to get you in the mood here's the opening credits from the original TV series...