Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Jason Statham gets behind the wheel of the remake Death Race (Universal)
For a moment it seemed like the off screen drama surrounding Death Race (opening August 22 throughout San Diego) might be more interesting than the onscreen action. The Hollywood remake of the 70s B-movie Death Race 2000 was hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit from writer Adam Stone claiming that the upcoming redo of the 1975 Roger Corman production is based on a script he pitched to director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt. Stone was attempting to prevent the film's release only days before it was meant to hit theaters. The tension and build up around whether the film could open or not may prove more compelling than the story we end up with on the screen. But if I was Stone I might want to distance myself from this new Death Race and its lame script.