Director Tony Scott can’t get away from movies about trains in peril, and Denzel Washington can’t stop starring in those movies. So of course it makes perfect sense that Washington would be in talks to take the lead in Scott’s out-of-control train movie “Unstoppable”. It’s not set in stone yet (the Variety article says negotiations are under way), but given Washington and Scott’s track record, I’m sure it’s a good bet they’ll end up working together yet again, which would make this their fifth movie, counting “Crimson Tide”, “Man on Fire”, “Deja Vu”, and the upcoming remake of “The Taking of Pelham 123”.
According to Variety, Washington would play an experienced engineer who jumps in a locomotive with a young conductor to chase down a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. So what, no terrorists? Crazy guys with guns? I don’t buy it. There has to be a catch. This movie, as is, sounds boring, and Tony Scott doesn’t direct boring movies.
Scott will direct from a script by Mark Bomback, which is said to be “loosely” inspired by a true event. Which means something like this kinda happened. Kinda.
Washington is currently shooting the post-apocalyptic movie “Book of Eli”, while his and Scott’s fourth movie “The Taking of Pelham 123” comes out on June 12.
Below: See, this is why no one takes the train anymore.