Universal Already Revving up Death Race 3

Jason Statham in Death Race (2008) Movie Image

With “Death Race 2″, their prequel to the Paul W.S. Anderson remake of the Roger Corman movie “Death Race”, set to zoom onto DVD shelves next January, Universal is apparently already thinking ahead by developing a third movie in the franchise.

Directed by Roel Reine, “Death Race 2″ swapped Jason Statham with Luke Goss (the poor man’s Jason Statham, if you will; the two fellas are practically identical, bald head and accents included), and was a prequel that explored the origins of the death race on Terminal Island, as well as the origins of the franchise’s Frankenstein character. Robin Shou and Frederick Koehler reprised their roles in the prequel as Chinese con 14K and idiot savant Lists, respectively. The film also featured Ving Rhames as the owner of Terminal Island, and co-starred Lauren Cohan as the icy bitch, taking over from Joan Allen’s icy bitch from the original/remake.

No word on whether the third movie will be another prequel, a sequel to the Anderson remake, or somewhere in-between.

With two films already in the can, the franchise seems to have developed something of a formula: besides a badass driver/con in the titular death race, there is also a female “navigator” who rides along with our hero in his death race car and provides (kinda, though not really) timely information to our hero as well as visual eye candy for the viewer. (More so for the latter reason, we presume.) The previous two films offered up Natalie Martinez and Tanit Phoenix, below. Sticking to that formula, I suspect they’ll also include another icy bitch as a villain.

Tanit Phoenix and  Natalie Martinez in Death Race



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    I actually liked the remake of “Death Race.” It was like “Twisted Metal” the movie. I do wish however that it was a bigger race instead of the laps around the island. I’d like to see the sequel as I like Luke Goss, and the eye candy is definitely worth it…mmmm tannit Phoenix. Yeah she’d make a decent Wonder Woman. And Goss would make for a great Frank Martin in the upcoming “Transporter” tv show.

  • Daring 2 Dream

    (the poor man’s Jason Statham, if you will; the two fellas are practically identical, bald head and accents included) Luke Goss is no poor man or look alike to anyone besides his twin brother; he is blond, blue eye solid man who has a hug fan base for his eye candy good looks & his spot on acting. Jason look nothing like Luke & since Luke has been in more blockbuster movies like Blade II, The Man, Hellboy II to name a few I think education would be in order before doing a blog review. Luke character rocks as Frankenstein (Carl Lucus) the original character Statham (Jesen Ames) replaces in first movie to keep the game going for viewing audience; they are not even playing the same character so to compare them is ridiculous. This movie is action packed & worth every second you watch. It also answer allot of question I had after watching Death Race. This movie is the beginning why the Race was designed & why Frankenstein became a legion & the point system of how drivers win their freedom. I can see Luke Goss making a 3rd out of this franchise he is that great in this flick but Luke has never failed to impress me in any movie he makes.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Someone’s got a crush…

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        LMAO! I was thinking the same thing. LoL. Someone also can’t tell a joke when they see one. Look no one is denying Goss has talent, but I’m sorry being in “Blade 2″ and “Hellboy 2″ does not constitute more blockbusters than Statham (and I’m mad you count “The Man” as a blockbuster). Sure Statham’s movies don’t all do as much as either of those, but who’s getting all the parts in Hollywood and who’s relegated to direct-to-disc films. I mean I’m sure “Death Race 2″ is fun and all, but other than that he’s had “Tekken” recently. Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of Goss. Loved him in both “Hellboy 2″ and “Blade 2″ as well as “SilverHawk” with Michelle Yeoh and Michael Jai White. That’s why I say he’d be the perfect replacement for Statham as Frank Martin in a “Transporter” tv series. I think he’d finally get the props he deserves.

  • Anonymous

    The formula comment about the female navigator is the only thing really connecting it to the original Roger Corman masterpiece. Frankenstein withstanding. I attempted to watch the remake several times and have given up due to it coming across as a poor man’s Condemned with cars. The original on a cheaper budget had them going cross country and actually served as a lesson on the future of our country with our wanted blood lust. Who could forget hitting senior citizens gave you around 50 points. Not only that it is nothing like Twisted Metal. Twisted Metal is like the original Death Race 2000 but with a horror element thrown in for good measure. Jason Statam or Luke Goss no one can hold a candle to David Carridine. His costume would later inspire the look of Judge Dredd. If they do a third one do it right and bring it back to its cross country moral story.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Given that they’re be working with a direct-to-DVD budget once again, setting the sequel cross-country seems unlikely.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Um it’s exactly like Twisted metal. Enclosed area to drive around, insane murderous drivers, weapon pick-ups…yeah thats Twisted Metal. But yeah I missed the more messed up parts of the Roger Corman version like hitting civillians and such. And I did wish it was a cross country race, but that was the point of changing the story so it wasn’t just a complete remake. The thing about remakes is their a very double edged sword. On one hand we’d love to see today’s tech applied to classics on the otehr we hold them with such reverence that once some one starts messing with the original tmeplate people get up in arms. I liked some of the ideas but others (like the enclosed space) I didnt.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Um it’s exactly like Twisted metal. Enclosed area to drive around, insane murderous drivers, weapon pick-ups…yeah thats Twisted Metal. But yeah I missed the more messed up parts of the Roger Corman version like hitting civillians and such. And I did wish it was a cross country race, but that was the point of changing the story so it wasn’t just a complete remake. The thing about remakes is their a very double edged sword. On one hand we’d love to see today’s tech applied to classics on the otehr we hold them with such reverence that once some one starts messing with the original tmeplate people get up in arms. I liked some of the ideas but others (like the enclosed space) I didnt.

  • Joseph

    I want James Stratham in the next movie in 2014.