Denzel Washington is 'Shovel Ready' for Futuristic Thriller Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
June 6, 2013
Right now Denzel Washington is gearing up to star in Antoine Fuqua's big screen adaptation of the 80s television show The Equalizer along with Chloe Moretz and Melissa Leo. But after that, it sounds like he might head into a little more familiar territory. Deadline has word that Washington is currently in early talks to lead Shovel Ready, an adaptation of the forthcoming novel of the same name by Adam Sternbergh. With a vibe that feels like Washington's recent Book of Eli, the story is set in a near-future New York City that has been ravaged by bombs, where the population escapes from reality into a digital world.
Washington would play a hired assassin tasked with killing the daughter of a very influential but maniacal evangelist. But somehow, the killer ends up having to protect the girl from someone else. We're not sure how the digital world comes into play, but it could make or break the story. Clearly this also has flares of Man on Fire and even Deja Vu, two of Washington's better films (in my opinion the latter is quite underrated), and the actor has a reputation for protecting young starlets in various kinds of thrillers. This new story seems to have flares of many sci-fi films of the past as well, and Washington might be better served with something more original. But it's still early, so we'll see if this project ends up getting off the ground. The book hits shelves in January 2014. Sound good?