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Denzel is Stoppable?

Jul. 22, 2009by: Dave Davis

UPDATE: As of today, Denzel has restarted UNSTOPPABLE and the movie will begin production in the fall, according to Variety. Washington and Fox reportedly "found ways to be flexible" regarding the budget and salary, which likely translates into something only agents, managers, accountants and execs can justify, since most of us will never even smell anything similar to $20 million....

7.13.09 - You know studios are getting seriously tightfisted with cash when they won't pay the asking price of Oscar-winning A-list actors.

Denzel Washington has leapt from the big-budget runaway train flick UNSTOPPABLE, thereby revealing the title as spurious. The Fox disaster-thriller, about a runaway freight train loaded with combustible liquids and toxic chemicals, has been on rickety rails for a few months despite the inclusion of veteran action director Tony Scott and hotshot Enterprise captain Chris Pine.

Fox reportedly wants to bring the budget under $100 million and slash some digits from Denzel's salary, but he wasn't having his pockets lighter than a standard $20 mill paycheck (although he and Scott are apparently still discussing possibilities). The studio clearly thinks that the duo might not automatically result in big box office, as demonstrated by the

Extra Tidbit: The movie would be the fifth Denzel-Scott collaboration (after CRIMSON TIDE, DEJA VU, MAN ON FIRE and PELHAM).
Source: Variety

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5:37PM on 07/23/2009

And Domino...

...they also did Domino together.
...they also did Domino together.
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3:05AM on 07/23/2009

Typical Fox

Fox is gonna cheap out on thee Denzel Washington?! Insulting.

2 questions: a) Why would Denzel want to team up with Scott yet again and so soon? and b) Why ANOTHER train movie? People are just gonna dub it The Taking of Pelham 123 2 (haha).
Fox is gonna cheap out on thee Denzel Washington?! Insulting.

2 questions: a) Why would Denzel want to team up with Scott yet again and so soon? and b) Why ANOTHER train movie? People are just gonna dub it The Taking of Pelham 123 2 (haha).
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1:55AM on 07/23/2009
tony scott is like an uncool version of ridley scott.
tony scott is like an uncool version of ridley scott.
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12:25AM on 07/23/2009
Yawn.
Yawn.
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12:00AM on 07/23/2009
Why do I want to know how much a studio isn't willing to pay Denzel? While I guess I'm glad they found a way around it, news like this still bothers me. Not to mention I officially don't care about Tony Scott anymore. I haven't even bothered watching the last couple of movies he made. And Chris Brumbray made an astute observation when "Pelham" came out, that Washington has turned into the equivalent of John Wayne. Spot-on! And that's damn unfortunate cuz I like him as an actor.
Why do I want to know how much a studio isn't willing to pay Denzel? While I guess I'm glad they found a way around it, news like this still bothers me. Not to mention I officially don't care about Tony Scott anymore. I haven't even bothered watching the last couple of movies he made. And Chris Brumbray made an astute observation when "Pelham" came out, that Washington has turned into the equivalent of John Wayne. Spot-on! And that's damn unfortunate cuz I like him as an actor.
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11:00PM on 07/22/2009

tae k

+1 for ari?
+1 for ari?
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