Eli: Hughes Brothers Post-Apocalyptic Film Starring Denzel Washington

Oct 30, 2008–Gary Oldman will co-star with Denzel Washington in “Book of Eli,” a post-apocalyptic actioner to be directed by Allen and Albert Hughes.

“Eli” centers on a lone warrior (Washington) who must fight to bring society the knowledge that could be the key to its redemption. Oldman has been set to portray the despot of a small makeshift town who’s determined to take possession of the book Eli’s guarding.

Alcon Entertainment is financing the film and co-producing with Silver Pictures. Warner will distribute domestically through its output deal with Alcon, while Summit will handle international sales.

Alcon execs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce, along with Joel Silver and Washington. Lensing begins in February in New Mexico, with the picture set for U.S. release January 15, 2010.