This just makes me angry. Do we need a prequel to Death Race? Apparently, Paul W.S. Anderson thinks we do. According to Shocktillyoudrop, the director plans on exploring the origins of the deadly game that took front and center in the last film. They’ve hired a writer, and are in the early development stages of the film’s production.
Tony Giglio has been hired to pen the script for the prequel, based on a story by Anderson. The late David Carradine starred in the 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000, in the role of Frankenstein. He got his name because of the excessive scarring on his face, due to the number of accidents he’d been in. He was set to return for the remake to voice the character again, before being replaced by Jason Statham‘s Jensen Ames.
If this is going to be a prequel, they can kiss Statham’s casting goodbye. It wouldn’t be a logical move to include him in the film, but then again when money’s involved studios find ways to make the impossible, possible. Last year’s Death Race earned 70 million dollars worldwide after its run in theaters. Compared to other action films, that’s not a lot of money. I’m assuming this film’s budget was very, very low, because any other producer would consider that a sign not to make another one.
What do you think of the Death Race prequel? Would you go see it?