It is being reported that the cult favorite classic Death Race 2000 is getting a remake with original producer Roger Corman returning to produce once again. The film, which was released in 1975, starred David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone in a road race unlike any other at the time. Since its release, the film has gained a following for its unique approach to the race genre, which saw its contestants kill each other and random civilians in their quest to win the race.
This will be the second time the influential film is getting the remake treatment following 2008’s Death Race starring Jason Statham. The Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil) directed film moved the action away from the open roads into a closed-off prison, and made the action far more gritty than its source material. However, this time around director G.J. Echternkamp (Frank & Cindy) will return the mayhem to the roads once more in a film being described as Cannonball Run meets Battle Royale.
Manu Bennett is set to headline the festivities, with legendary actor Malcolm McDowell as part of the cast as well. The film is reported to be a straight to DVD effort that will be released at a later stage in the year under the title of Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050.