20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for the upcoming Tony Scott-directed drama/thriller Unstoppable, which stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson.

The project hasn’t been without its share of behind-the-scenes drama. Just over a year ago we reported on the news that Washington had left the project over money (he was offered $16 million instead of the usual $20 million he gets per film) but luckily for the film they managed to work out a deal and things moved forward.

Unstoppable is Washington’s fifth collaboration with director Tony Scott, and for some reason it’s another train-related movie,  following the duo’s recent collaboration on a remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. However, this time the plot focuses on an actual problem with the train and not a hostage situation:

Unstoppable [is a] drama about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. [It] pits an engineer and his conductor in a race against time. They’re chasing the runaway train in a separate locomotive and need to bring it under control before it derails on a curve and causes a toxic spill that will decimate a town.

Now that you’re caught up a bit with what Unstoppable is about and the drama behind it, check out the trailer below (Warning: The trailer could be considered SPOILERIFIC):

Can Scott and Washington make a runaway train full of toxic chemicals more exciting and interesting than a hostage situation aboard a subway train? The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 was a fun if forgettable film, which basically consisted of two men negotiating over the phone (with John Travolta seeing how many swear words he could fit in one movie :-P ). Unstoppable looks like it’s more of an action/thriller – one which transports the danger to a surrounding town as opposed to just one set of people within the train itself.

With Washington being one of the few bankable movie stars left, I’m sure Unstoppable will do respectably at the box office, but at the same time I can’t see it breaking any records (these types of films rarely do). Pelham 1 2 3 made a fair amount  ($150 million) but that may not have been viewed as the biggest of successes considering it cost a whopping $100 million to make (did they just pay Washington and Travolta $50 million each?!).

We’ll just have to wait and see if audiences embrace this Washington/Scott train movie more or less than they did the last.

Unstoppable speeds into theaters on November 12th, 2010.

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