Universal has released a trailer for “Death Race 2”, aka “Death Race: Frankenstein Lives”. As the title may have hinted at, the sequel is a prequel and chronicles the origins of the Frankenstein character that showed up briefly in the Paul W.S. Anderson remake. Find out how it all began! Or, at least, see Ving Rhames playing the heavy, and lots of cars crashing and various random acts of gratuitous vehicular violence.
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.
Starring Danny Trejo, Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, Lauren Cohan, Luke Goss, Robin Shou, Tanit Phoenix, and directed by Roel Reiné.
Look for it on DVD and Blu-ray in the near future. The Death Race near future! Ahem.