The 20th Century Fox drama “Unstoppable” just might live up to its title.
Nearly two weeks after Denzel Washington formally withdrew from the Tony Scott-directed drama, the actor and the studio have come to terms on a deal that will put the runaway train picture back on its fast track in the fall.
Pre-production on the film has resumed in Pittsburgh.
Washington had been attached since April to reteam with Scott and play a veteran engineer who jumps into a locomotive with a young conductor (“Star Trek’s” Chris Pine) to stop an unmanned runaway train loaded with toxic cargo. The Mark Bomback script is based on true events.
Progress on the film slowed recently when Fox insisted that the budget be brought close to $90 million, which required salary concessions from Washington and Scott. Sources said the studio asked Scott to shave $3 million off his upfront salary and Washington to shave $4 million off his. Washington declined, and his WME agent Ed Limato began looking for other film jobs for his star’s fall slot.
Washington went off with Scott to promote “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” in Europe, and he took a fresh draft of the script with him. He and Scott kept talking, and Washington’s reps and Fox found a way to compromise on the deal.