While not strictly a remake, the early news about Death Race leads me to think it is a cross between the great Death Race 2000 (starring David Carradine) and The Running Man, and just a little bit of Escape From New York thrown in for good measure.

Destined for an August 22 release, this could indeed be the blockbuster of the summer. Starring Jason Statham, we get to enter the post-industrial wasteland of tomorrow, with the world’s most brutal sporting event as its backdrop. A penitentiary full of felons has inspired the jailers to create a grisly pastime ripe for lucrative kickbacks.

With a worldwide audience that loves violence vicariously, and a group of felons prepared to do anything to reclaim freedom, the setting is perfect for the ultimate game show.

To quote the press release:

Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Statham) is an expert at survival in the harsh landscape that has become our country. Just as he thinks he has turned his life around, the ex-con is framed for a gruesome murder he didn’t commit. Forced to don the mask of the mythical driver Frankenstein—a crowd favorite who seems impossible to kill—Ames is given an easy choice by Terminal Island’s warden (Joan Allen): suit up or rot away in a cell.

His face hidden by a metallic mask, one convict will be put through an insane three-day challenge  Ames must survive a gauntlet of the most vicious criminals in the country’s toughest prison to claim the prize of freedom. Driving a monster car outfitted with machine guns, flamethrowers and grenade launchers, one desperate man will destroy anything in his path to win the most twisted spectator sport on Earth.

Oh, I can’t wait for this one, good times.

You can get a sneak peak of the movie here.

Simon Barrett


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