Paul W.S. Anderson is preparing to add yet another title on his résumé of visually stimulating lousy movies with Deathrace 3000 for Paramount.
Anderson’s vehicular carnage remake has been in the works for years, but got put on blocks while he was busy slapping around major franchises like Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator. Pocket superstar Tom Cruise, originally rumored to be getting behind the wheel as the film’s star, will produce with partner Paula Wagner and Anderson cohort Jeremy Bolt.
For those who might have missed the original superviolent 1975 cult flick, the satirical film follows futuristic racers who have a friendly road competition as they rack up points by driving over pedestrians. The Roger Corman camp classic features what may be the finest work by Sylvester Stallone ever captured on film.
"The original was so much about decimating pedestrians that the actual race was almost irrelevant, and I want to restore that," Anderson said, indicating he’ll reduce or eliminate the most amusing aspect of the film. "Set in 2020, ours is an ultraviolent, no-holds-barred race with heavily armed Escalades, Ferraris and Aston Martins." Which makes me seriously confused as to why the movie’s not called Deathrace 2020.
Additionally, Anderson is threatening to write a third Resident Evil movie.
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