Roger Corman is a great American filmmaker. His greatness doesn’t necessarily rely on his output of quality as much as by being one of the most prolific purveyors of schlock that he helped kickstart the career of many important filmmakers, including Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. One of Corman’s truly great movies is the 1975 cult classic, Death Race 2000, where a dystopian America rallies around their television sets to watch various absurd racing personalities race across the country, earning points for hitting pedestrians. The original film by Paul Bartel featured Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine, and remains one of the most entertaining pieces of movie madness ever made.
Despite a remake with a number of straight-to-video sequels, Corman is reviving the Death Race once again for Death Race 2050. For this reboot Malcolm McDowell steps into the role as the president of this depraved America and Manu Bennett stars as Frankenstien, the finest driver in the world who has been physically rebuilt following a number of brutal accidents. They will co-star alongside Burt Grinstead, Marci Miller, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, and Charlie Farrell.
Filming for Death Race 2050 is currently underway in Peru, with a release planned for Digital HD and Blu-Ray/DVD later in 2016. G.J. Echternkamp will be directing the script from himself and Matt Yamashita. All I ask is that Death Race 2050 be a worthy sibling to the insane original from over 40 years ago. It’s ride or die for G.J. Echternkamp, Corman, and all.
The official synopsis for Death Race 2050:
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.