Paul W.S. Anderson Developing a New Death Race Prequel
One of my favorite parts of Death Race from last year (yep, I actually enjoyed it) was that it jumped right into the action. The opening race scene was awesome and there was already a history that we didn't really need to know anything more about. Well, STYD is now reporting that even though it made Universal a wimpy $36.3 million at the box office, Paul W.S. Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, and Impact Pictures are planning a prequel that will focus on the mysterious driver known as Frankenstein (seen above). Tony Giglio (Chaos, Timber Falls) has been hired to write the screenplay based on a story by Anderson and may also direct.
I don't think I need to remind everyone about this, but just in case - Death Race was a remake of the 1975 Paul Bartel cult classic Death Race 2000 in which Frankenstein was played by the late David Carradine. I believe it was Carradine who provided the voice of Frankenstein in the beginning of the remake before Jason Statham took over. Anderson and Bolt will oversee the Death Race prequel after they've completed Resident Evil: Afterlife on which Giglio will serve as a second unit director. I'm not going to lie - I'm actually excited for this. I enjoyed Death Race quite a bit and would love to see more of it, even without Statham.