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Unstoppable stopped?

Jun. 30, 2009by: Mike Sampson
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The upcoming Denzel Washington action-thriller UNSTOPPABLE has done the unthinkable; it has stopped. The project was on the fast-track at Fox with filming scheduled to begin this September for director Tony Scott but budget disagreements have put the brakes on the project. Washington was set to co-star with STAR TREK's Chris Pine but the poor performance of TAKING OF PELHAM 123, another Denzel/Scott project, gave Fox some cause for concern.

The film, a fairly by-the-numbers flick about a runaway train loaded with toxic chemicals and the engineers tasked with stopping it before, well, boom. While the project hasn't quite entered the critical level that the Brad Pitt flick MONEYBALL did when Sony halted production two days before filming was scheduled to begin but if producers and Scott can't scale back the costs of the film, UNSTOPPABLE could be derailed (last train related pun, I promise).

I'm guessing that unlike MONEYBALL there will be a fairly swift and amicable conclusion to all this. Whereas MONEYBALL was a somewhat abstract baseball film, UNSTOPPABLE has a considerable amount of box-office potential here and abroad (especially with a proven star in Denzel and an up-and-comer in Chris Pine). So let's cut out the boring subplot about the ancient symbols and the "Matrix of Leadership" and get this thing going! (Oh wait, that was another movie's boring subplot...)

Extra Tidbit: Martin Campbell (CASINO ROYALE) was originally scheduled to direct UNSTOPPABLE.
Source: THR

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7:52PM on 06/30/2009
Am I the only one who read this article's title and thought that it was going to be about an 'Unbreakable' sequel?
Am I the only one who read this article's title and thought that it was going to be about an 'Unbreakable' sequel?
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2:50PM on 06/30/2009
I agree that the Scott/Washington movies need a break. And this story always sounded like a rejected Speed 3 plot to me anyway.
I agree that the Scott/Washington movies need a break. And this story always sounded like a rejected Speed 3 plot to me anyway.
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1:43PM on 06/30/2009
Pelham 123 was fairly average. Tony and Denzel need a little time apart, and Tony needs to do something small like True Romance and take a break from his current style.
Pelham 123 was fairly average. Tony and Denzel need a little time apart, and Tony needs to do something small like True Romance and take a break from his current style.
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12:51PM on 06/30/2009

Atomic Train

I just thought I mention that this sounded a lot like a tv movie called Atomic Train. The plot of that had Rob Lowe trying to stop a runaway train that had a nuke on it.

Can't say I was looking forward to this one. Sounded like video trash from the start.
I just thought I mention that this sounded a lot like a tv movie called Atomic Train. The plot of that had Rob Lowe trying to stop a runaway train that had a nuke on it.

Can't say I was looking forward to this one. Sounded like video trash from the start.
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12:39PM on 06/30/2009

ridley

is a way better director than his brother.
is a way better director than his brother.
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11:56AM on 06/30/2009

JohnLocke

ditto
ditto
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11:44AM on 06/30/2009

THANK GOD

Do we really need another mediocre Denzel flick thrown in there between his good ones every couple of years? (See deja vu, out of time, taking of pelham 123)

Maybe this will let him sit back and pick something that can flex his acting muscles a bit more instead of phoning in a role. And Chris Pine deserves better now that he's a breakout star.
Do we really need another mediocre Denzel flick thrown in there between his good ones every couple of years? (See deja vu, out of time, taking of pelham 123)

Maybe this will let him sit back and pick something that can flex his acting muscles a bit more instead of phoning in a role. And Chris Pine deserves better now that he's a breakout star.
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