'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks to direct an adaptation of the 1980s TV series 'The Equalizer' starring Denzel Washington as a real hero... and a human being... and a real hero.

Variety reports that Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed last year's stellar 'Drive' starring Ryan Gosling, is being approached by Sony to helm an adaptation of the 80s TV series 'The Equalizer.' With 'Drive's retro sensibilities, it seems like the perfect match, and who doesn't want to see Refn direct the hell out of career bad-ass Denzel Washington?

Washington, who is also producing the project, will star as a former covert operations officer who spends his time bringing justice to those who have been wronged, and fighting for those who can't fight for themselves. The script was penned by Richard Wenk ('The Mechanic,' 'The Expendables 2') and the studio plans to put 'The Equalizer' into production next spring, with hopes to turn it into their next big franchise. They're also hoping that Refn can bring a little edginess to an otherwise generic-sounding property.

Refn is currently at work in post-production on 'Only God Forgives,' which reunites him with his 'Drive' star Ryan Gosling and also stars Bradley Cooper.