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Death Race Indoors?
Corman’s car-carnage gets a modern tweak

11 September 2007  |  Written by Ian Nathan  

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Paul Anderson’s “re-imagining” of Roger Corman’s cult favourite Death Race 2000 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…”

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suddenly this.........
sounds sort of ok. Dunno why everyone's leaping to the defence of the Paul Bartel original - it was let's face it a tad pretentious, the Roger Corman stable notwithstanding, not to mention slightly shit. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 13:31 on 13 September 2007 | Report This Post

It sound like they are trying to add to it and make it different from the original which is always a good thing. Trivia - Paul Andersons been trying to get this made for 10 years now, its his pet project! More

Posted by rezapocmk3 at 22:57 on 12 September 2007 | Report This Post

What a fucking joke. I have never seen the original, but understand that points are awarded for smashing pedestrians into mulch. Where the smeg are they gonna get pedesdrians inside?!?! Maybe the fact that it is run by the prison system, they might have prisoners scrambling, but I don't think it works. It will be more like a destruction derby than a 'death race'! More

Posted by tallaght24 at 16:10 on 12 September 2007 | Report This Post

Why would you need a navigator...
...if you're driving inside? Utter rubbish. Anderson should have had the balls to stick much closer to the original. I see this being next years Rollerball (2002). More

Posted by jpt1976 at 07:58 on 12 September 2007 | Report This Post

i'm just trying to get over the shock of Tom Cruise & Paul W.S Anderson working together More

Posted by Hughezy at 00:48 on 12 September 2007 | Report This Post

Tell your God to ready for blood...
Here's hoping that two things happen in the near future: 1. that Deadwood finally gets it's much-needed & frustratingly elusive 'wrapping things up' tv movie ACTUALLY MADE (or movies, or hell- another series) and 2. that Tarantino puts Ian McShane in one of his movies. In a really sweary part- Al Swearengen style, cocksuckers! More

Posted by martinblank at 19:49 on 11 September 2007 | Report This Post

Mcshane is a legend More

Posted by alimac at 18:40 on 11 September 2007 | Report This Post

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