Posted on 19 August 2009.
I thought I told you that we won’t stop. Or something like that. Tony Scott’s Unstoppable has Chris Pine and Denzel Washington in starring roles to this point, but now Variety is reporting that actress Rosario Dawson (25thHour) has joined the cast as well. We have been following this film’s bumpy track to the big screen for a while here at The Film Nest. We previously reported on Washington leaving the cast, only to return a few weeks later after ironing out some salary and budgetary issue with 20th Century Fox.
Dawson has made quite a career lately out of playing the lead’s girlfriend in her last few screen appearances, most recently playing Will Smith’s love interest in last year’s, Seven Pounds. There is no word on what role she will be playing in Unstoppable, but I’m going to take a guess and say she will play either Pine’s girlfriend or Washington’s daughter. I, for one, will gladly see Ms. Dawson in anything, her scenes in Oliver Stone’s Alexander were the only tolerable parts in the overly long biopic. What do you think about this news?
Posted on 23 July 2009.
In April, we mentioned that Denzel Washington would re-team with The Taking of Pelham 123 director Tony Scott for Unstoppable. A little over a month ago, we reported that Chris Pine was added to the cast. A few weeks ago, Denzel announced that he was leaving the runaway train project. It now seems that Washington is indeed back on the film after working out contract disputes with 20th Century Fox reports IGN. The movie has Washington, as an engineer who teams with a conductor played by Pine (Star Trek) to rein in an unmanned train that’s carrying a load of toxic material. Washington left the project after the studio wanted to cut the budget on the film to $90 million. The studio also wanted the Oscar-winning actor to shave $4 million from his paycheck, but it seems he has worked out a deal to stay with the film. Unstoppable has resumed pre-production and is on schedule to begin filming in the Fall.
I think 20th Century Fox were just tightening their belts because of the economy. No studio right now wants to spend millions on anything but a sure fire hit. Another reason is most likely the box office performance of their last collaboration Pelham 123, which is winding down at $63mm in domestic gross versus a $100 million budget since its release in June. What do you guys think? Are you ready for another Scott-Washington flick so soon? Denzel Washington can currently be seen in the brand new Book of Eli trailer.
Posted on 04 June 2009.
Hot off the success of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek, the man tapped as “next to blow” due to his being Captain Kirk, Chris Pine, is set to star alongside Denzel Washington for Tony Scott’s Unstoppable.
This is the first deal Pine has inked since Star Trek‘s release, but he’s already starred in two other films that have yet to be released, Carriers and Small Town Saturday Night. I’m sure it’ll a great thing for those movies as they’ll be able to bank off of his newly sparked star wattage and yet were able to sign him before he became a star. Fantastic luck for them.
As for Unstoppable, Pine will play a train conductor who joins a green engineer (Washington) on one train as they pursue a runaway carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals.
If you were so inclined, here’s a video from MTV Movies Blog outside of the MTV Movie Awards showing Denzel spilling the beans.
How big a star do you think Pine will be? We’ll set our measurables as Will Smith, Jason Statham or Liam Neeson.
Posted on 24 April 2009.
Denzel Washinton is in talks to star in yet ANOTHER Tony Scott film. This one is Unstoppable, in which he’d play a train engineer trying to catch-up to and stop a runaway train carrying toxic chemicals. Although Crank is essentially Speed in a human body, this sounds like Crank on a train. [Screening Log]
In some more casting news, Matthew Macfayden will play The Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. Although I said I liked the first pic, I think I liked the original idea of the film better, when The Sheriff was the good guy. [Filmonic]
Yesterday, we mentioned Robert Rodriguez will direct a reboot of the Predator franchise in the form of Predators. He had a chat with [Aint It Cool News] and answered a bunch of questions about the project. Turns out, he wrote a treatment for the film back in the 90′s.
Okay, I swear this is the last time I’m mentioning yesterday‘s post. We told you about the new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen trailer debuting April 29th in front of some screenings of the original Transformers. Well, now you can get tickets.
Gore Verbinski opted to direct BioShock instead of Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Haw-haw. Now BioShock in on hold due to budget concerns and may go the way of the Halo movie. I said, “Haw-haw.” [Kotaku]
That damn “Empire” is at it again, this time with multiple behind-the-scenes pics from James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar. I look forward to not being suprised at all when I get to pick up the magazine for myself next week. [Market Saw]
Finally, stay after the credits when you see X-Men Origins: Wolverine next week, as it apparently has mutiple endings afterward. [Sci Fi Scoop]
Have a great weekend, everybody. I hope your NFL team drafts the guy you want.
Posted on 31 March 2009.
Another day’s worth of film news for you from around the globe. Let us know what intrigues you the most and enjoy.
[Cinema Blend] reveals that Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be a fighting killer in Button Man which is adapted from a comic strip. A refreshingchange of pace for Leo it sounds like.
[Screenhead] dishes on Tobey Maguire pushing it to The Limit (not like the Scarface song), as a race car driver in a movie will both star in and produce.
Rob Zombie gives [MTV] the details of his Tyrannosaurus Rex, an “incredibly violent 70′s action movie. Not a horror film.” Think Raging Bull, I suppose.
The Scarlett Letter retelling has Emma Stone leading the cast in what is currently titled Easy A. Not to be confused with Eazy-E, the late deceased rapper. [Collider]
Now, we might not be able to call the Karate Kid remake, a remake after all, since it the Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith starrer has a new title, The Kung Fu Kid. Those crazy Hollywood producers have me fooled now. [Screenrant]
We missed last week’s [Entertainment Today and Beyond] blog dish on Tony Scott’s new Unstoppable movie. It’s an action movie on a train and with action being Scott’s specialty, expect a big name to star.
“An All New World Awaits” for James Cameron’s Avatar and [Filmonic] has some coverage on film coming to IMAX later this year.
Paul Bettany will star in Priest, based on a Korean comic-book which melds the horror and Western genres. [Superhero Hype]
Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, co-writers of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, have a lot to say to [Sci-Fi Wire] about the robots in the movie and Leonard Nimoy voicing one of them.