The movie will be helmed by Tony Scott, who directed Washington in "Deja vu," "Man on Fire" and "Crimson Tide."
Set in contemporary New York, the film is about what happens when four hijackers take over a subway train and hold the passengers hostage for ransom, Variety.com said Monday.
Based on a novel by John Godey, the screenplay was written by "Spider-Man 4" author David Koepp.
Shooting is to begin early next year.
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