Death Race (2008)
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Plot: Set in a future version of America, a prisoner (Statham) who is weeks away from
being released is forced by his warden (Allen) to compete in a brutal, deadly car race
alongside his fellow inmates.
Cast: Jason Statham, Ian McShane, Jacob Vargas, Natalie Martinez, Max Ryan, Brandon
Blue, Ruth Chiang, John Canoe
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
I guess this could be a blessing or curse depending on your point of view. Back in April we
found out that Paul W.S. Anderson would be adapting a modern day remake of DEATH
RACE 2000. Simply titled DEATH RACE, the film is now said to take place in prison.
According to Empire, Paul Anderson’s “re-imagining” of Roger Corman’s cult favourite has
started filming in Montreal. The original gore-classic had the likes of Sylvester Stallone and
David Carradine as whacky racers in a brutal cross-USA competition where points are
scored for running over pedestrians. For the remake, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and
produced by Tom Cruise, things have been sizably altered with a Rollerball/Running Man
makeover. "This is even more violent,” delights British star Ian McShane. “This is set in
the future, it’s like NASCAR to the death inside prison. On TV. And I play the guy who runs
the race, coaches the racers, from inside prison.
"It’s a lot of fun." McShane’s “super-mechanic” features alongside Jason Statham as the
crowd hero Frankenstein, and model Nathalie Martinez as Statham’s navigator Case who
helps him plot an escape. The former Deadwood star also mentions there is talk of putting
together a Sexy Beast sequel: “I had lunch with Johnny Hurt and Ray Winstone the other
day in LA,” he says. “We want to do a follow up…” Set in a future version of America, a
prisoner (Statham) who is weeks away from being released is forced by his warden (Allen)
to compete in a brutal, deadly car race alongside his fellow inmates.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jason Statham is in talks to topline DEATH RACE, a
remake of Roger Corman's cult classic being made by Universal Pictures. Paul W.S.
Anderson is writing the script and directing the futuristic actioner, which is being produced
by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner via their C/W Prods. as well as Anderson and his Impact
Pictures partner Jeremy Bolt. Released in 1975 as DEATH RACE 2000 and starring David
Carradine and Sylvester Stallone, the movie told of a dystopian future America in which
the president presides over an ultraviolent road race from New York to Los Angeles. One of
the ways that drivers score points is by mowing down innocent bystanders using their
heavily armed cars.
"Race" originally was set up at Paramount as a Cruise vehicle. The project was among
those put into turnaround after the Sumner Redstone-Cruise imbroglio. Sources said that
when it heard "Race" was free, Universal, spearheaded by David Linde, moved quickly to
secure it. Roger Corman is exec producing. Scott Bernstein is overseeing for Universal.
Anderson, repped by UTA and Ken Kamins, has made his name making movies in the sci-fi
mold. He most recently directed "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" and counts "Resident Evil" and
"Soldier" among his credits. Impact is producing the upcoming adaptation of "Castlevania"
for Rogue/Crystal Sky. Statham, repped by CAA, most recently starred in the action movie