Hot off the Enterprise's boosters from Star Trek, the man who played James Tiberius Kirk is now going to be even more Unstoppable. Variety is reporting that Chris Pine is in negotiations to star in Unstoppable a drama from 20th Century Fox to be directed by The Taking of Pelham 123's Tony Scott. Denzel Washington is already attached to the project.
The film is about "a young conductor who jumps into a locomotive with an experienced engineer in chase of a runaway train that carries a cargo of toxic chemicals." Pine is zeroing on playing the young conductor in the story based on actual events. The script was written by Mark Bomback.
Julie Yorn, Tony Scott, and Mimi Rogers will be producing, with Chris Ciaffa executive producing.
Trains don't have the same so-called flexibility, especially compared to planes and automobiles. However, they've given us some pretty great action movies, from Buster Keaton's The General to even Steven Seagal's Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. With Tony Scott at the head of this disaster movie, we should expect lots of unnecessary editing and aesthetic sandbox playing. As indicated in The Taking of Pelham 123, Scott could make "Thomas the Tank Engine" look like he is flying 500 mph.
At the least, I hope that this new project pushes back Scott's impending murdering of 1970's classic The Warriors even farther.