Death Race (franchise)

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The Death Race series is a car combat franchise encompassing a series of films and other media centered on a reality show set in a prison, where inmates race against each other in order to win their freedom.

Films[edit]

Role Films
Death Race 2000
(1975)
Death Race
(2008)
Death Race 2
(2010)
Death Race 3: Inferno
(2013)
Death Race 2050
(2017)
Director Paul Bartel Paul W. S. Anderson Roel Reiné G. J. Echternkamp
Producer(s) Roger Corman
Jim Weatherill
Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Roger Corman
Paula Wagner
Paul W. S. Anderson
Jeremy Bolt
Mike Elliott
Roger Corman
Screenwriter(s) Robert Thom
Charles Griffith
Paul W. S. Anderson Screenplay by:
Tony Giglio
Story by:
Paul W. S. Anderson
Tony Giglio
G. J. Echternkamp
Matt Yamashita
Composer Paul Chihara Paul Haslinger Trevor Morris Gunter Brown
Cindy Brown
Director(s) of
photography
Tak Fujimoto Scott Kevan John McKay Wayne Shields Juan Durán
Editor(s) Tina Hirsch Niven Howie Radu Ion
Herman P. Koerts
Michael Trent
Radu Ion
G. J. Echternkamp
Steve Ansell
Production companies N/A Relativity Media
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Impact Pictures
N/A Universal 1440 Entertainment
New Horizons Pictures
Distributor New World Pictures Universal Pictures Universal Studios Home Entertainment Universal Pictures
Runtime 80 minutes 110 minutes 100 minutes 105 minutes 93 minutes
Release date April 27, 1975 August 22, 2008 December 27, 2010 January 22, 2013 January 17, 2017

Death Race 2000[edit]

Death Race 2000 is a 1975 cult action film. In the near future the ultimate sporting event is the deathrace. Contestants get score points for running people down as they speed across the country. The sport has crazed fans who sacrifice themselves to the drivers. An overt agency is trying to bring an end to the immoral deathrace and has infiltrated one of their followers in to the race as a navigator. In the end of the race the lives of the competitors, the President and the deathrace itself are in peril.

Death Race[edit]

Death Race is a 2008 remake (although director Paul W.S. Anderson stated in the DVD commentary that he thought of the film as a prequel) of Death Race 2000. In the year 2012, the economy of the US collapses, causing unemployment and crime rates to skyrocket, and a sharp increase of convicted criminals, which leads to privatized prisons for profit. In 2013, Claire Hennessey (Joan Allen), the warden of Terminal Island Penitentiary, earns profits from the pay-per-view broadcast of a modern gladiator game called "Death Race", with the prisoners as the players. The racers, along with their navigators, drive a 3-part race over 3 days on a closed track at Terminal Island, with various pressure plates: swords activate the racers' offensive weapons, shields activate defensive weapons such as oil, smoke, and napalm, and skulls ("Death Heads") activate deadly metal traps which rise up from the track. The reward for the drivers is that if one racer wins 5 races, they will be granted their freedom by Warden Hennessey.

Death Race 2[edit]

Death Race 2 is a prequel to the 2008 film, Death Race. Getaway driver Carl "Luke" Lucas (Luke Goss) is arrested after a robbery for his crime boss Markus Kane (Sean Bean) goes wrong. As his accomplices are robbing the bank, two police officers casually enter the building. Luke tells his accomplices to abort, but they refuse; Luke intervenes, resulting in the death of one of the three accomplices. Luke shoots and kills one of the officers and dumps off his accomplices in order to fulfill Markus's wishes. In doing so, Luke is eventually captured by the police following a high-speed chase and sentenced to serve time on Terminal Island. Markus, worried that Luke will trade info on his crimes for immunity, discovers his location and orders his men to take Luke out.

Death Race 3: Inferno[edit]

Death Race owner Weyland (Ving Rhames) has been forced to sell the rights to Niles York (Dougray Scott), a British billionaire who acquired the rights by hostile takeover. York reveals he intends to relocate Death Race to the deserts of Africa. Before leaving, Weyland arranges Lucas to have surgery to heal the infected and deadly scars on his face sustained from the previous film Death Race 2. With Carl Lucas, aka Frankenstein (Luke Goss), one win away from gaining his freedom, York coaches Lucas to lose his races and threatens his life if he fails to comply.

Death Race 2050[edit]

Corman has announced a sequel to his original 1975 film, Death Race 2000; shooting started in Peru in February 2016. It will star Malcolm McDowell, Manu Bennett, Burt Grinstead, Marci Miller, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, and Charlie Farrell. G. J. Echternkamp will direct.[1]

Death Race: Beyond Anarchy[edit]

Set for release on January 30, 2018, Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is being directed by Don Michael Paul and features the return of Danny Trejo and Frederick Koehler. It also stars Zach McGowan, Christine Marzano, Danny Glover, and Lorina Kamburova.[2][3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Film
Death Race 2000
(1975)
Death Race
(2008)
Death Race 2
(2010)
Death Race 3:
Inferno

(2013)
Death Race 2050
(2017)
"Frankenstein" David Carradine Jason Statham & David Carradine voice-over Luke Goss Luke Goss & Dougray Scott Manu Bennett
Annie Smith Simone Griffeth   Marci Miller
"Machine-Gun" Joe Viterbo Sylvester Stallone  
"Mr. President" Sandy McCallum   Malcolm McDowell
Myra Louisa Moritz  
Lists   Frederick Koehler  
14K   Robin Shou  
Jensen Ames   Jason Statham  
Claire Hennessey   Joan Allen  Joan Allen - Photograph  Joan Allen - Archive footage  
Joseph Mason (a.k.a. Machine Gun Joe)   Tyrese Gibson  
Coach   Ian McShane  
Case   Natalie Martinez  
Gunner   Jacob Vargas  
Ulrich   Jason Clarke  
Pachenko   Max Ryan  
Hector Grimm   Robert LaSardo  
Travis Colt   Justin Mader  
Carl "Luke" Lucas   Luke Goss  
Katrina Banks   Tanit Phoenix  
Goldberg   Danny Trejo  
R.H. Weyland   Ving Rhames  
Markus Kane   Sean Bean  
Big Bill   Deobia Oparei  
September Jones   Lauren Cohan  
Medford Parks   Patrick Lyster  
Rocco   Joe Vaz  
Xander Grady   Henie Bosman  
Calin   Warrick Grier  
Hill Billy   Sean Higgs  
Apache   Chase Armitage  
The Sheik   Michael Solomon  
Scarface   Trayan Milenov-Troy  
Niles York   Dougray Scott  
Satana   Hlubi Mboya  
Razor   Bart Fouche  
Psycho   Jeremy Crutchley  
Nero   Eugene Khumbanyiwa  
Olga Braun   Michelle van Schaik  
Joker   Mark Elderkin  
Pretty Boy   Brandon Livanos  
Jackal   Anton David Jeftha  
Jed Perfectus   Burt Grinstead
Minerva Jefferson   Folake Olowofoyeku
Tammy   Anessa Ramsey
Alexis Hamilton   Yancy Butler
JB   Charlie Farrell
Grace Tickle   Shanna Olson[4]>

Unrelated[edit]

Deathsport is a 1978 science fiction B-movie produced by Roger Corman, directed by Allan Arkush and Nicholas Niciphor.

In other media[edit]

Comic book series[edit]

A sequel comic book entitled Death Race 2020 was published in 1995 by Roger Corman's short-lived Cosmic Comics imprint. It was written by Pat Mills of 2000 AD fame, with art by Kevin O'Neill. The pair had already worked together on several comics including Marshal Law. The comic book, as the title indicates, took place 20 years after the film and dealt with Frankenstein's return to the race. New racer characters introduced included Von Dutch, The Alcoholic, Happy the Clown, Steppenwolf, Rick Rhesus, and Harry Carrie.

The comic book series lasted eight issues.

Video games[edit]

  • The 1976 video game Death Race was inspired by the film Death Race 2000.
  • The 1982 video game Maze Death Race for Sinclair ZX81 computers (and 1983 for Sinclair ZX Spectrum computers) resembles the film by its cover artwork and title, and car-driving content.[5]
  • The Carmageddon video game series (Carmageddon, Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon 3: TDR 2000) all borrow heavily from the plot, characters and car designs from the film Death Race 2000.

TV[edit]

  • The 2017 TV show Blood Drive also draws from the Death Race series. Instead of killing people to earn points, people are sacrificed to the cars engines, which have been modified to run off human blood rather than traditional fuel [6]

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