Tony Scott Directing an Unstoppable Train Action Movie
by Alex Billington
March 27, 2009
An action movie about a train?! This is both the worst idea and best idea I've ever heard! Tony Scott has signed on to direct a thriller called Unstoppable for Fox as his next feature following The Taking of Pelham 123. Scott is working with screenwriter Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Deception, Race to Witch Mountain) to get the script ready for shooting later this year. The story follows a rail company that tries frantically to stop an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying enough combustible liquids and poisonous gas to wipe out a nearby city. I really hope some sort of terrorists are secretly involved!
For clarification, the reason why I'm excited by this is that I have a childhood fascination with all things trains. I'm not going to go into it, but they're cool, and we don't see that many moves about them. This may not be the best reference, but think about Broken Arrow - the last half of that movie took place on a train and it was pretty frickin' cool, right? As for Tony Scott, the guy is a fairly good director (come on, Top Gun?!) but recently his action movies have been pretty bland. I mean, his last few were Man on Fire, Domino, and Deja Vu - not that exciting. I guess we can only hope for the best with Unstoppable.