Death Race 2 is a GO!
How can there be a sequel to Death Race you say? Simple. When a sequel isn't possible, think prequel -- which is exactly what is happening here. Tip of the hat to Moviehole for the story.
A prequel to the fun but superfluous “Death Race” (2008) is in the works, reports Shock Til You Drop.
Tony Giglio (''Timber Falls'') has been hired to write a script, which will be overseen by Paul W.S Anderson, that will be set before the events of the previous film. The new flick will apparently explore the origins of the deadly game at the center of the ‘franchise’.
Saying that, it’s likely we can expect a new lead, though I suppose there's a chance - since it'd make sense story-wise - that and Ian McShane and Joan Allen's characters could return.
"Death Race", directed by Anderson, was a remake of a Paul Bartel-directed flick from 1975. In the redo, Statham plays a champion of a brutal cross-country car race of the future where pedestrians are run down for points has a change of heart while being hounded by rivals and a conspiracy seeking to stop the race. Allen, McShane, Tyrese Gibson and Natalie Martinez starred.