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Cause you demanded it, Universal has greenlit a sequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Death Race” remake. Made for $45 million, the middling film (like all of Anderson’s films, “Death Race” wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, either) grossed $75 million worldwide, and in Hollywood that means sequel. Or actually, prequel in this case. The movie will focus on the man known as Frankenstein, the mask-wearing driver from the first movie who was killed and replaced by Jason Statham’s character. Gee, I hope I didn’t give anything away. Those things only happened in the first 20 minutes of “Death Race”, after all.
Also, producer Jeremy Bolt (Anderson’s long-time partner in crime) has confirmed to STYD that production on the prequel will commence as early as next year, with the producers now casting the role of Frankenstein. Obviously Statham won’t be returning, and in any case, it wouldn’t make sense for his character to return. The budget for the sequel will be noticeably smaller than the original, since the film will be going direct-to-DVD.
Which begs the question: was Frankenstein really that popular in “Death Race” to warrant a whole movie based on his life and times? But you know what would be a better prequel to “Death Race”? One starring Natalie Martinez as her character Case. Yeah, I’d like to know how she got to prison, and what happened in that all-female prison, and, well, you know.
One word: awesomely hot.