First Look: The Big Badass Battles of Death Race
So maybe if the vibrant, glossy look and family humor of Speed Racer wasn't your cup of tea, the more gritty and explosive Death Race will be instead. Although this is destined to be terrible, with Paul W.S. Anderson (of Mortal Kombat, Soldier, Resident Evil, and Alien vs Predator) directing, this latest photo actually gives me just a little bit of hope. The first official photo we got of Jason Statham last December was quite tame. This one is much more fiery and badass - literally. The truck in the middle reminds me of Optimus Prime and the car on the left reminds me of Devastator, but maybe with a little more rust and a black paint job. So am I safe to say this looks like Transformers plus Speed Racer plus Jason Statham?
This photo comes from the inside of the latest Dark Knight themed issue of Empire Magazine, which you need to check out anyway. You can read the story and see more photos by picking up the latest copy on newsstands. I really dig Empire, they've quickly replaced Premiere (after they went the way of Orion Pictures) as the premium magazine for Hollywood entertainment. They know their shit and they know how to make it exciting and enjoyable to read. Anyway, enough chit chat, check out this badass photo below.
Jason Statham leads the cast of an action-thriller set in 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. Now, adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for televised violence and a spectacular arena come together to form the Death Race.
Three-time speedway champion Jensen Ames (Jason 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: suit up or rot away in a cell.
Death Race is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, of Mortal Kombat, Soldier, Resident Evil, and Alien vs Predator, with a screenplay written by J.F. Lawton, of Under Siege, Blankman, Chain Reaction, and Dead or Alive. The film is a remake of the 1975 cult classic B-movie Death Race 2000 directed by Paul Bartel and starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. Death Race arrives in theaters on August 22nd.