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July 22, 2009 - Unstoppable / hope for Denzel Washington to star in movie remains

Scooped on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It looks like there's a light at the end of the tunnel for Fox, star Denzel Washington and Unstoppable director Tony Scott (and it's not a train rushing toward them either.) According to Variety the trio are close to working out an accomodation that would seen Washington confirmed to star in the movie. The studio is apparently so comfortable that a solution will be worked out that pre-production on the film has resumed in Pittsburgh.

The trade also has more information on what the problem was that nearly derailed the show. We already know that Fox wanted the budget of Unstoppable reduced but not by how much; Variety reports that the figure the studio had in mind was close to $90 million. That would have meant Washington would had to have reduced his salary by $4 million and director Tony Scott would have to take a reduction of $3 mil. Washington decided to walk from the project and had his agent go look for a substitution job for the fall.

So if Washington and Scott are now happy once again and Unstoppable is all-but officially a go, what was the deal reached between the players involved?

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