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Denzel Washington Tapped To Star In Eerily Familiar Role In Warner Bros. Sci-Fi Project 'Shovel Ready'

by Drew Taylor
June 6, 2013 4:30 PM
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If you like Denzel Washington playing a stone cold killer whose heart is gradually melted by prolonged interactions with an adorable moppet, well, today might as well be Christmas. Deadline is reporting that the megawatt star has signed on to star in Warner Bros.' new sci-fi project "Shovel Ready," an adaptation of an unreleased novel by New York Times Magazine culture editor Adam Sternbergh. Just like in "Man on Fire," he'll play a murderous badass who falls under the spell of a young girl. Aww.

The report describes the plot as being about a post-apocalyptic New York City, where the citizens escape from the cruelty of everyday life by slipping into a complex virtual reality world not unlike, say, "The Matrix," or Las Vegas, Nevada. Washington would play an assassin who is hired to take out the daughter of a powerful evangelist. Of course, Washington grows to become the girl's protector. Sounds like a nifty mixture of the aforementioned "Man on Fire," along with Washington's post-apocalyptic "Book of Eli" and a dash of Ernest Cline's deeply brilliant novel "Ready Player One" (which still hasn't been adapted – what's up with that?).

No other details have been released at this time (the book doesn't even hit until January of next year), but Erwin Stoff will serve as the producer. Also: "Shovel Ready" is a really cool, tough name for a movie. Here's hoping the story is as cool as it sounds and that Warner Bros. puts some top tier talent behind it.

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  • 3Arts | June 7, 2013 4:40 AMReply

    Yeah I saw they doing it with 3art entertainment they did that film with Bill Burr 'You people are all the same' right. Did you see Lionsgate got some film coming out to, Transcendence? I also saw they have Headhunters as in production to.

  • 3ARTS | June 7, 2013 4:43 AM

    Sorry Lionsgate are doing Transcendence as Summit Entertainment.

  • Whilst | June 7, 2013 2:28 AMReply

    Everyone loves Denzel this is a terrible title for a movie, doesn't sound right at all. I know that Denzel's fans will turn out to watch anything he's in but really Shovel Ready.

  • Great Actor | June 7, 2013 2:18 AMReply

    Denzel is a great actor, he really gives his all in a role. I remember he did that role in the Antwone Fisher story. I think that was one of his best roles he's very convincing.

  • Sounds A Bit Similar | June 6, 2013 11:41 PMReply

    To a movie currently being written and unpublished book called 'Cyberhunter' written by Jill Thrussell. Apparently she started working on the book and movie script at the end of last year, but as a young writer hasn't had the support and doors opened she needed due to lack of connections. The only difference in the storyline is the hitman falling in love with the woman he's supposed to kill. In her movie called 'Cyberhunter' the ending seems to vary.

  • Wow | June 7, 2013 4:20 AM

    Adam Sternbergh is not actually ranked as highly as Jill Thrussell on which is interesting seeing as she is a upcoming writer and he's been around for years. Why don't people like to invite, work together, connect and co-write? Don't they like to share the wealth/work or something?

  • Amazing | June 7, 2013 2:07 AM

    Did u know that ten years ago she used to work for Ted Turner (Warner Bros) and Universal in some daily grind admin job whilst raising her family before returning to her writing career in recent years. So it's really interesting I wonder if Ted or Universal knows she's writing and what's she's working on my thoughts are they don't. If so, that should have been an easy connection for a decent agent to make for her.

  • Really | June 7, 2013 12:30 AM

    Sounds like someone saw her work and is tryna use some of her concepts and remix them through some other movie and book using some designer names. Why didn't they just approach her and invite her. Sounds like old boys network to me. If your face fits and your on the right level.

  • Mans World | June 7, 2013 12:16 AM

    U know what they say it's a man's world. One day women will have the same opportunities as men. It's not really happened yet.

  • Has She Got an Agent | June 7, 2013 12:13 AM

    If so she should definitely fire them. Coz to miss a deal like that for her and not invite/connect her. That's HUGE.

  • Personally | June 6, 2013 11:49 PM

    I think Warner Bros should have just signed and paid her for Cyberhunter and bought the rights. Shovel Ready is such a crappy title. She could have co-written with one of their big shot writers to give her a good writing career start. Really Cyberhunter sounds much more thrilling and interesting.

  • Every heard the saying | June 6, 2013 11:44 PM

    Always the bridesmaid never the bride. Now you know what that saying means. Really she coming up with projects like that so early in her writing career. She's definitely worth looking at one as a talent to watch, support and sign.

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