Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Death Race 2 is Straight to Video

There's gonna be a DEATH RACE 2 to follow the successful Paul WS Anderson-directed, Jason Statham-starring remake of DEATH RACE 2000 (which starred David Carradine & Sylvester Stallone in the original). But this DEATH RACE 2 is actually going to be a PREQUEL and dont watch out for it in the silver screen, but on DVD shelves as it is going STRAIGHT TO HOME VIDEO.

Latino Review reports that Death Race 2 began principal photography on February 13, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. This prequel stars Luke Goss (Hellboy 2: The Golden Army), Ving Rhames (Con Air, Pulp Fiction), Sean Bean (National Treasure, Lord of the Rings trilogy), Danny Trejo (Planet Terror, “Burn Notice”), Frederick Koehler (“Oz,” “Touching Evil”) and Lauren Cohan (“Supernatural”), and it will be directed by Roel Reiné (The Marine 2, The Lost Tribe). The screenplay is by Tony Giglio (Chaos), from a story by Paul W.S. Anderson. A top-flight production team has also been assembled, including director of photography John McKay, production designer Johnny Breedt, editor Josh Galvin and costume designer Moira Meyer. Of course, this movie will NOT include Jason Statham (too bad, Statham fans!).

Death Race 2 takes place in the very near future, as the United States economy begins to decline and violent crime starts to spiral out of control. To contain the growing criminal population, a vast network of for-profit, private prisons springs up, creating a lawless subculture ruled by gangs, cold-blooded killers and sociopaths. The worst of these prisons is Terminal Island. Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas arrives on the Island to serve his life sentence just as ruthlessly ambitious television personality September Jones launches the ultimate reality show, Death Race. A brutal prison yard demolition derby that pits prisoners against each other in steel reinforced, heavily armed vehicles, Death Race offers the winner the ultimate prize: freedom — if he can survive to enjoy it. When Lucas signs up to be a driver, the stage is set for the birth of a legendary racer.

Personally, I loved DEATH RACE. Sh1t. I loved DEATH RACE more than the Fast & the Furious movies combined. Although this is straight to video, I still do hope it is full throttle kickass to the point that will make producers regret that they didn't release this cinematically.

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