Jason Statham (“Crank,” “The Transporter 1 & 2″) told SCI FI Wire in a recent interview that this new film, which will be directed by Paul WS Anderson, is more of a homage to the original than a remake of it.
Anderson, known for helming such landmark SF films such as “Event Horizon,” “AVP: Alien vs. Predator” and “Resident Evil” also co-wrote the script for “Death Race” with J.F. Lawton (“DOA: Dead or Alive,” “Chain Reaction”). The film also co-stars the great Ian McShane (“Deadwood,” “The Golden Compass”).
“It’s fantastic fun,” Statham said. “It’s more of a homage to the Corman film. It’s not really a direct remake. I suppose it’s very different. There’s a great story to it, and I think it’ll do really well. Paul Anderson was a dream to work with, and I’m really excited about seeing it.”
Jason may have a valid point because all reports coming out of the production thus far have indicated that the only thing resembling the original is the automobile race itself. All the rest has a core theme about what a possible future version of America could look like if current trends in video games and reality television were taken out to their uncontrolled limit.
Statham plays the part of a prisoner, who has only a few weeks before being paroled, but is forced to compete in a deadly cross-country auto race by the prison warden, portrayed by three time Academy Award nominated actress Joan Allen (“Bourne Ultimatum,” “Face/Off”).
“It’s a big budget [film]” Statham said. “It’s a great, great fun film. I’m working with people of immense caliber. I’ve got Joan Allen there, who I’m doing scenes with. I’ve got Ian McShane. To be able to work with people like that, it just gets better and better.”
“The cars in this are really killer,” Statham said. “They’ve got ejector seats, and they spray out oil and napalm, and they’ve got rocket launchers. The story is it’s a race to the death, and all the inmates in the prison build these cars.”
“Death Race,” currently in post-production, is set to open in theaters worldwide on September 26, 2008.