Yes, there will be a sequel to Death Race, the 2008 remake of the 1975 film.
Yes, it will go direct to video, and yes I will end up watching it. I’m not proud of it, but I can’t help it. Movies like this, which my imaginary sources tell me will be named Death Race 2: Race Deathier (actually, it’s tentatively named Death Race: Frankenstein Lives), are the kind of cinematic gutrot that I am helpless to resists. Some people have a heroin problem, I have a B/C-movie problem.
Let’s not talk about it.
What we can talk about is the cast, which is… surprisingly good, despite an alarming lack of The Statham. Already announced were Ving Rhames and Danny Motherfuckin’ Trejo (his actual full name. You don’t like it? Take it up with him. Go ahead, I dare you). Joining them will be Lauren Cohan, who is quite pretty and I’m sure is a very nice person. I have never heard of her, but apparently she does a lot of TV guest stints, and was also in… um… Van Wilder 2. OK, let’s put her aside for the moment. Death Race 2: Death Racey Race will also feature Frederick Koehler, who was actually in the original remake… the remake of the original… err… oh, fuck it.
Anyway, the interesting news (to me, anyway) is that Sean Bean will apparently be in it as well. Unlike Dustin, who has a dead kitten where normal people have a soul, I love Sean Bean, no matter how shitty a movie he’s in. I can’t help it. He’s Boromir. Boromir, people. He’s just cool. So that’s a bonus. No word on who’s playing who, other than the lead, which will be played by Luke Goss. Goss will play the character known as Frankenstein, who died early in the first film. Did I mention it will be a prequel to the remake of the original? Does that matter? I didn’t think so.
Death Race 2: The Raciest Death is being directed by Roel Reiné, about whom the best thing I can say is that he’s from the Netherlands, and I hear it’s lovely there. He’s directed a bunch of movies I’ve either never seen or never heard of, and served as a writer, producer and cinematographer on dozens of movies.
Yeah, so maybe the outlook for Death Race 2: Death to Racey! isn’t looking so good. What’s that, you ask? Of course I’ll review it. What the hell else am I gonna do?
Death Race 2: Race to the Deathiest Death is currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa and will be released sometime in 2011.
(h/t: Screen Rant)