Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
We're looking for reporters for the LFF
Movie News

Seth Grahame-Smith Directing Warner Bros.' Flash
He'll also write the film
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Leaves Collateral Beauty
The Will Smith drama is without a director
First Still From The Journey Released
Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness
Bel Powley Joins Wilding
Co-starring in the elevated horror thriller
Ellie Kendrick Cast In The Levelling
Game Of Thrones actress starring in flood drama
Transformers Franchise Planned Up To Part 8
Ten more years in the works
Sam Smith's Spectre Theme Released
UPDATE: Now with promo video
More Movie News

20 May 2015
Peter Sarsgaard Will Be The Magnificent Seven's Villain
But Jason Momoa may be dropping out
More Movie News

The Equalizer (2014)
Empire Star Rating
2 Guns (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Flight (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Safe House (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Unstoppable (2010)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Denzel Washington Considers Shovel Ready
He's in talks for the post-apocalyptic thriller

07 June 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

If there’s one thing movies can teach you, it’s don’t cross Denzel Washington when he’s in a violent mood and has ready access to weaponry. If he signs on to Warner Bros.’ planned adaptation of Shovel Ready, it’s a lesson that someone new will get to learn in the most painful, bullet-ridden way possible.

It’s early days for the project (and Denzel’s association with it), but the studio and producer Erwin Stoff is looking to bring Adam Sternbergh’s novel to the screen. Shovel Ready, which doesn’t even hit bookshelves or e-readers until next January, is set in a devastated future New York City where people escape their miserable lives by connecting with a Matrix-like digital fantasy world.

If Washington makes a deal to star, he’ll be a contract killer hired to off the daughter of a powerful evangelist. But he just can’t bring himself to slaughter the innocent girl and ends up becoming her protector. All together now: aaaaaah... There’s no word on who will direct this one, and there’s not even a writer attached to adapt the script yet, so expect Shovel Ready to sit in the development waiting room for a while yet.

Those needing a Washington-with-weapons fix, meanwhile, will content themselves with 2 Guns, due August 16, and The Equalizer, which begins shooting shortly.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Killing Season Poster Up
De Niro & Travolta get loaded
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

Man on Fire
Man on Fire More

Posted by Lang at 17:03 on 09 June 2013 | Report This Post

"Don't Forget Your Shovel If You Want To Go To Work"
Shovel Ready? That title has to go for a start. "Can I have a ticket for Shovel Ready, please?" "You can have a shovel, get to work!" More

Posted by BenTramer at 16:42 on 07 June 2013 | Report This Post

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Jessica Chastain On The Martian
On becoming an astronaut and rescuing Matt Damon AGAIN

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

Hallowed Ground: Folk Horror In British Film
Ten tales from our island's dark past

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)