A prequel toPaul W.S. Anderson‘s “Death Race” remake is in the works at Impact Pictures (Anderson and Jeremy Bolt’s production outfit).
In the first film Jason Statham played a wrongly imprisoned racing champion who competes in several televised brutal prison races to win his freedom.
Tony Giglio (Timber Falls, interview) has been hired to write a script, based on a story by Anderson. Giglio may also direct. The script is said to delve into the past of the driver known as Frankenstein.
Created for Paul Bartel’s original 1975 cult classic, Death Race 2000, Frankenstein was played by the late David Carradine. In the film, history said that his face was mangled by so many car wrecks he had to wear an intimidating mask. Carradine returned to Anderson’s remake briefly to voice the new Frankenstein before he was replaced by Jason Statham’s Jensen Ames.
Opened up August 22, 2008, “Death Race” produced at a cost of $45 million and earned only $36 million domestically. But thanks to foreign markets, it was able to gross a worldwide total of $75 million. [source: STYD]