Denzel Washington to Star in Tony Scott's Unstoppable
by Alex Billington
April 23, 2009
Remember that "unstoppable train action movie" that Tony Scott is directing called Unstoppable? Well they just found their lead - Denzel Washington. Denzel has starred in five of Tony Scott's movies, so it's obvious these guys have a great working relationship. I just can't imagine an "unstoppable train action movie" being such a great concept that Fox is pushing it into development so quickly; they're on track to start shooting in the fall. Washington will play an engineer who jumps in a locomotive with a young conductor to chase down a runaway train carrying toxic chemicals. Mark Bomback wrote the script.
Our friends over at SlashFilm did a bit of research to find out the details behind the "true event" that this is based on. Apparently a runaway freight train traveled 70 miles with no one at the controls for nearly two hours before rail workers were able to slow it down by latching a second engine to the end of the train and applying the brakes. While two of the train's tank cars contained thousands of gallons of the hazardous material molten phenol acid, the runaway train itself was considered more of a threat than the chemicals on board. I wonder if they're working in some sort of terrorist plot or government scheme or something?