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Casting Begins For Death Race 2
Anderson Feeds His Frankenstein

16 November 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Spoiler TV

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Fancy stepping into Jason Statham's shoes? Handy behind the wheel of a souped-up motor? Might be time to get yourself an agent then, as casting has just kicked off for Death Race: Frankenstein Lives, the sequel to last year's epic of twisted metal, burning rubber and unlikely plot contrivance.

Here's the plot description so far: "Newly arrived at Terminal Island, a prison for the most unredeemable [sic] of convicts, Carl 'Luke' Lucas must prove his mettle in a race to the death". Lucas is described in the casting notes as a "right-hand man to a notorious mobster for twelve years", given life-imprisonment for killing a cop in a botched bank robbery. He's offered a deal by the DA if he turns state's evidence, but opts to take his chances behind bars, resulting in VAROOOM and KERSMASH.

Initial talk was of a prequel, setting up the corrupt and lethal prison dragracing system into which The Stath was thrust last year, and chronicling the career of the original Frankenstein, following whose death Statham grudgingly donned the mask. The character of September Jones bears that out, as she's the "eye-poppingly gorgeous model turned journalist" who comes up with the Death Race concept when her Gladiators-type show starts to plummet in the ratings. 

And get this: the owner of the TV network is one Douglas Weyland, of the Weyland Corporation. We're in the Alien universe, boys and girls! Who woulda thunk it?

We have, of course, Alien Vs. Predator mastermind Paul WS Anderson to thank for that one. He likes doing this - there are lots of clues in Soldier that it's in the same universe as Blade Runner.

Anderson's producing alongside Jeremy Bolt (The Resident Evils, Pandorum) and Mike Elliott (War, the remake of The Eye, Rob Zombie's films). Tony Giglio, who wrote and directed the troubled Statham / Snipes / Phillippe vehicle Chaos, is on the script. He's also second unit director of Resident Evil: Afterlife, so may yet land himself a gig behind the camera here, when shooting starts next February.

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Your Comments

Whats the point
Well tbh whats the point really i mean the first film was enjoyable and fun with the stath being his usual awesome macho self ....but replacing him and just redoing it all over again ...nahh More

Posted by Aaronmantium at 21:37 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

Why a sequel?
I actually enjoyed Statham's Death Race - utterly daft, but an enjoyable Saturday night no-brainer film to be enjoyed with beer and pizza. Ridiculous fun. But a sequel? Doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of the original? If anything, a prequel would surely be a better idea... Mind you, I didn't expect to enjoy the first one so I'll reserve judgement for now. More

Posted by Lucky C at 17:02 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

When I was in my mid-teens, shooting absolutely terrible short films, I once used some good old Beethoven for one scene, simply because I enjoyed the Clockwork Orange link. It seems PWSAnderson hasn't really moved on from that (artistically) pubescent stage. More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 12:21 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

A sequel...seriously?
I dont understand how this film could possibly deserve another was one of the worst films Ive ever seen. I also cant believe Anderson keeps getting jobs. The guys utterly talentless (unless making the same banal dross and taking a different name onto it counts as talent?) And please, leave the Alien world alone, youve already pissed on its memory twice. More

Posted by boys_dont_cry at 10:11 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

So what your saying is, Anderson is so rubbish that he has to score cool points by implying his film exists in the same world as far better movies. The chump. More

Posted by andyswright at 10:04 on 16 November 2009 | Report This Post

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