Denzel Washington picks up ‘Book’

Hughes bros. to direct post-apocalyptic drama

Denzel Washington will star in “Book of Eli,” a post-apocalyptic drama that will be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes.

Alcon Entertainment is financing the film and Warner Bros. will distribute.

Washington will portray a lone hero in a not-too-distant apocalyptic future who must fight across America to bring society the knowledge that could

be the key to its redemption.

Gary Whitta wrote the script, and Anthony Peckham did the rewrite.

Joel Silver is producing with Washington, Susan Downey and Alcon co-founders Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Shooting begins in January.

Washington most recently starred with John Travolta in the Tony Scott-directed “The Taking of Pelham 123.”

The Hughes sibs are making the project their first drama since 2001’s “From Hell.”

Whitta adapted the Katsuhiro Otomo graphic novel “Akira” into two films for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Peckham scripted “The Human Factor,” which Clint Eastwood will direct and also rewrote “Sherlock Holmes” for WB.

Washington’s repped by WMA.