Denzel Washington Drops Out of Tony Scott's Unstoppable
by Alex Billington
July 13, 2009
Is there anyone who didn't see this coming? Variety has confirmed that Denzel Washington has dropped out of Tony Scott's upcoming runaway train movie Unstoppable that was also set to co-star Chris Pine. A few weeks back, it was reported that production had stopped on Unstoppable (that's not even a pun) due to the cost being too high. Now it suffers another setback - Washington has formally withdrawn from the film and is looking at other projects to keep him busy this autumn. Given the rather lackluster performance of The Taking of Pelham 123 (its only made $61 million), yet another train movie, it's probably for the better.
Fox has been trying to get this Unstoppable project, written by Mark Bomback, of the ground for a while now. They've tried to get other iterations of the project up-and-running with directors Robert Schwentke and Martin Campbell, but to no success. Sources said that even after cutting a $107 million budget down to just $100 million, Fox wanted it to go down even more, to the $90 million range. The studio asked both Scott and Washington to cut back on their fees. Washington declined. As for whether or not we'll see this with a different actor, only time will tell. The real question is if anyone still wants to see it at all? Do you?