In 1975, Roger Corman released Paul Bartel’s “Death Race 2000,” a dystopian sci-fi satire starring David Carradine (“Kung Fu”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”) about a murderous Transcontinental Road Race and the group of drivers trying to survive and claim victory. The film has become a cult sensation in the past forty years, but now, Corman is back with a sequel entitled “Death Race 2050,” directed by G.J. Echternkamp. Watch the trailer below.
The trailer begins with Malcolm McDowell announcing the beginning of the Death Race to the “United Corporations of America,” with such areas as One Percentia and Pharmatopia. Soon, it transitions into utter mayhem, with drivers running over innocent citizens for bonus points and other riding over cliffs into fiery explosions. In other words, it’s a Death Race.
“Death Race 2050” is not the only other film in the “Death Race” franchise. In 2008, Paul W. S. Anderson released a remake of the original starring Jason Statham and Joan Allen to commercial success and mixed critical reception. It later produced two direct-to-video remakes starring Luke Goss and Ving Rhames.
Corman is best known for independently producing a host of low-budget cult films in the 1960’s and ’70s, and for giving a start to directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, and more.
“Death Race 2050” will be released on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and digital HD on January 17, 2017.