Denzel is back to ‘Unstoppable’Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 12:00 am.
As we reported, all production stopped on the upcoming film Unstoppable. Then, word broke Denzel Washington left the project completely. Now, Variety is reporting the Oscar winner is back on the project.
Nearly two weeks after Denzel Washington formally withdrew from the Tony Scott-directed drama, the actor and the studio have reached a compromise. The deal has put the runaway-train picture back on its fast track for a fall start, with pre-production under way in Pittsburgh.
Washington has been attached since April to reteam with Scott and play a veteran engineer who jumps into a locomotive with a young conductor (Chris Pine of “Star Trek”) to stop an unmanned runaway train loaded with toxic cargo. The Mark Bomback script is based on true events.
Progress on the film slowed recently when Fox insisted that the budget be brought close to $90 million, which required salary concessions from the director and star. Sources said the studio asked Scott and Washington to shave $3 million and $4 million off their respective salaries. Washington declined and his WME agent Ed Limato began looking for other film jobs for his star’s fall slot.
Well, good luck to Denzel on the film. Thankfully, when Denzel believes in a project it’s usually a good movie! We will all be looking forward to it.