Denzel Washington is in early talks to star in “Shovel Ready” at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Set in a bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world, a contract killer is hired to kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist. Ultimately, the killer becomes the girl’s protector.
The story is an adaptation of journalist Adam Sternbergh’s debut novel. Erwin Stoff will serve as producer.