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June 3, 2009 - Unstoppable / will the film be derailed due to budget?

Scooped on Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Hollywood Reporter is breaking a story that Unstoppable has hit a delay -- and a possible derailment -- due to its high budgetary costs. The story states that 20th Century Fox is balking at the picture's proposed cost and asking the filmmakers to ratchet it back. Exact figures were not given but a good guess at what Fox is questioning is the commanding price tag that Denzel Washington commands, an A-list leading man that gets about $20 million dollars per film. Washington (and director Tony Scott) have a new film that's been out in theaters for three weeks, The Taking of Pelham 123, and it's only grossed $53 million dollars stateside for Sony Pictures so far and won't do much more. Fox believes that the key asset for Unstoppable is with the film's premise, that of an out-of-control train loaded with toxic chemicals, and so doesn't want to add to the film's costs by agreeing to pay high star salaries too. Time will tell whether this move is a bluff on Fox's part to try and get Washington to lower his fee or a sign that the studio will consider recasting.

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