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Directed by Tony Scott
Produced by Chris Ciaffa
Eric Mcleod
Mimi Rogers
Tony Scott
Julie Yorn
Written by Mark Bomback
Starring Denzel Washington
Chris Pine
Cinematography Ben Seresin
Studio Scott Free Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) November 12, 2010
Country USA
Language English
Budget $90 millon (approx.)

Unstoppable is an upcoming action film directed by Tony Scott, written by Mark Bomback and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. The film is set for release on November 12, 2010.


Production history

Unstoppable suffered various production challenges before filming could commence, including casting, schedule, location, and budgetary concerns.[1][2]

In June 2007 20th Century Fox was in negotiations with Martin Campbell to direct the film,[3] and he was attached as director, until March 2009 when Tony Scott came onboard as director.[4] In April, both Denzel Washington and Chris Pine were attached to the project.[5]

The original budget had been trimmed from $107 million down to $100 million, but Fox wanted to further reduce it to the low $90 million range, asking director Scott to cut his salary from $9 million to $6 million, and wanting Washington to shave $4 million off his $20 million fee.[6] Washington declined, and citing lost patience with the film's lack of a start date, and although attached since April,[7] he formally withdrew from the project in July.[2] Fox made a modified offer as enticement and he returned to the project 2 weeks later.[7][8][9]

Locations are set in: Martins Ferry, Ohio, Mingo Junction, Ohio, Steubenville, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, [10] Emporium, Pennsylvania, Milesburg, Pennsylvania, Julian, Pennsylvania, Unionville, Pennsylvania, Port Matilda, Pennsylvania, Olean, New York,[citation needed] Bradford, Pennsylvania, Tyrone, Pennsylvania, [{Port Allegany, Pennsylvania]],Brewster, Ohio, and Carnegie, Pennsylvania [11] and filming began on August 31[12] for a release in November 10, 2010.

Coincidentally, filming was delayed one day when part of the train accidentally derailed on November 21, 2009[13].


A rail company frantically works to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city. A veteran engineer and a young conductor chase the train in a separate locomotive in order to bring it under control before it's too late.


  • Denzel Washington as Frank Barnes, a veteran railroad engineer
  • Chris Pine as Will Gordon, a young train conductor
  • Rosario Dawson as Connie Hooper, a train dispatcher
  • Kevin Dunn as the boss of Dawson's character
  • Jessy Schram as the wife of Pine's character
  • Michael Shatzer as one of the railroad workers, Tony.
  • Gary Kosky as the Train Inspector


  1. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (June 30, 2009). "Action pic "Unstoppable" hits budget snags". (Hollywood Reporter). Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b Fleming, Michael (July 13, 2009). "Denzel Washington exits 'Unstoppable'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  3. ^ Fleming, Michael (June 7, 2007). "Fox dealing with 'Unstoppable' budget". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  4. ^ Fleming, Michael (March 27, 2009). "Tony Scott boards 'Unstoppable'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Michael (June 29, 2009). "Fox train thriller just 'Unstoppable'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  6. ^ "Denzel Washington Drops Out of Unstoppable?". Coming Soon. July 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  7. ^ a b Parsons, Ryan (July 23, 2009). "Denzel Washington Unstoppable Again". CanMag. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  8. ^ Fleming, Michael (July 22, 2009). "Washington back on track with Fox". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  9. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (August 5, 2009). "In the salary tug of war between studios and talent, it's no contest". Los Angeles Times.,0,766692.story. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  10. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (July 24, 2009). "Action flick 'Unstoppable' to film in Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Denzel Washington movie call takes job fair tone". The Associated Press. August 27, 2009. 
  12. ^ "We Hear: Kevin Chapman, Denzel Washington, Tom Werner & more...". Boston Herald. August 17, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  13. ^ "Train Derails in Bridgeport, Not Part of Movie". Fox News. November 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 

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