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

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

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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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.


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

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

To a movie currently being written and unpublished book called 'Cyberhunter' written by Jill Thrussell.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.

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