Actress Who Turned Down $5M for Script Gets Happy Ending

Madeleine Stowe

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Madeleine Stowe probably has you beat.

The actress, fairly well known for roles in movies like The Last of the Mohicans and 12 Monkeys, co-wrote her first script, the period thriller Unbound Captives, and began to shop it around to studios in 2003. According to VarietyCrowe and Ridley Scott).

She promptly turned it down—first the $3 million, then the $5 million. She didn’t want her involvement to stop there, a string attached to the studio offer.

Jackman and Rachel Weisz will now occupy the star roles in the film, which follows a woman who tries to save her kidnapped children with the help of a frontiersman. Twilight megawatt Robert Pattinson is committed to play one of the kids.

Nice to hear a happy ending, but—$5 million, for finished work? That's rough.

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