Death Race 2000 is one of those guilty pleasure movies where you love every minute of it (and to laugh at every corny overdone minute of it) and yet deny it to everyone who would ask who isn’t in the club.
Death Race was excessive, ridiculous and starred both known and up and coming names in the industry. David Carradine was fresh off of Kung Fu when he played the role of “Frankenstein” and eager to shed his monkly image. It would be a year before Rocky would hit the silver screen for Sylvester Stallone and Martin Kove was a decade out from playing the psychotic Dojo master Kreese in Karate Kid and acting alongside Sylvester Stallone in Rambo: First Blood Part II.
Now it’s time for a new generation to experience the original in an all new way in Roger Corman’s “Death Race 2050”!
“This is an amazing opportunity for me and millions of Death Race 2000 fans to experience the intensity, thrills and dark humor of the original, fueled by a terrific young cast, spectacular vehicles and side-splitting action, literally” said Corman, the trailblazing writer, director and producer. “Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 puts the pedal to the metal to bring this enduring franchise to a whole new level.”
The reboot began filming February 8 in Peru and while the synopsis is identical to the original it will incorporate virtual reality. The new film stars Manu Bennett (Spartacus) as Frankenstein, Malcolm McDowell as the Chairman, Burt Grinstead, Yancy Butler, Marci Miller, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, and Charlie Farrell.
“Death Race 2050” will be available exclusively on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in 2016.
In the not-too-distant future, America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government that keeps the masses placated with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, where a motley assortment of drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for running down pedestrians and killing each other. The reigning champion and popular favorite is half-man, half-machine Frankenstein — but little does he know he’s taken on a rebel spy as his co-pilot.