TONY SCOTT Boards UNSTOPPABLE
According to Variety Tony Scott (Man on Fire), who has his remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three coming out this June, hasn’t finished playing with trains. He is currently developing a project titled “Unstoppable”. Described as an action drama, the story involves an unmanned runaway train that is carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals while its owner frantically trys to stop it before it destroys a nearby city.
I am a fan of films that have used trains as the centerpiece in their story. A few that come to mind would be 1973’s Emperor of the North Pole, about a 1930’s Train conductor (Ernest Borgnine) who battles a free loading hobo played by Lee Marvin. I have always enjoyed the 1979 film The Cassandra Crossing, one of my top ten disaster films of the 70’s. Richard Harris stars in the movie about a transcontinental train carrying a deadly virus. 1985’s Runaway Train is a pretty exciting film about two escaped convicts and a female railroad worker who find themselves on a train with no brakes and no way to stop it. Jon Voight and Eric Roberts starred. 1995’s Under Siege 2: Dark Territory starring Steven Seagal is a big time guilty pleasure. Bottom line- Unstoppable sounds like it could be fun. Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard) is currently working on the script and production is scheduled to get underway later this year.
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