View Full Version : [film] Speed Racer

02-11-06, 01:12 PM

Hollywood Reporter link (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3invDY7O%2FFa2elq9uhcYlIMg%3D%3D).

After years of idling, the big-screen, live-action version of "Speed Racer" is ready to zoom, this time with Larry and Andy Wachowski behind the wheel.

The Wachowski brothers are writing and will direct the movie, which will be produced by Joel Silver. The movie will be the duo's first directorial outing since completing the Silver-produced "Matrix" series in 2003. They are reuniting with several of the creative behind-the-scenes talent from the "Matrix" films, including executive producer Grant Hill and visual effects supervisor John Gaeta, who won an Oscar for his work on "The Matrix."

Based on the classic 1960s series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida that later was retooled for North American audiences, the big-screen "Speed" will follow the adventures of the young race car driver Speed in his quest for glory in his thundering gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5. The movie will feature other characters from the show, including Speed's family and his mysterious archrival, Racer X.

Silver has been trying to get the film version off the ground since the early 1990s; in 2004, Vince Vaughn even pitched a take that cast him as Racer X. When Silver worked on "V for Vendetta" with the Wachowskis, he approached them about tackling the project. The duo were reluctant to do it unless they could figure out a way to bring something new to the table.

"They are approaching these racing scenes in a way you've never seen before," said Silver, adding that the brothers are designing the movie's look as they write. Silver also said that unlike the more adult-oriented material of the Wachowskis' past -- "Vendetta," the "Matrix" movies and "Bound" were all rated R -- "Speed" will be family-friendly.

"They wanted to do something that could appeal to everybody," Silver said.

The plan is for the Wachowskis to shoot in summer 2007 for a summer 2008 release.

Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio.

"Speed" will be a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, of a Silver Pictures production.


02-11-06, 01:37 PM
Can't wait for that!

...although I'm sure it won't be called "Speed" since there is a well-known Keanu Reeves movie of the same name? :D

02-11-06, 01:49 PM
Haha, I'd say they're just quoting it as "Speed" because it's quicker to say and type than "Speed Racer" :)

Justin Fox
02-11-06, 06:43 PM
I hope it's better than their last 2 efforts :P

02-11-06, 07:20 PM
Well yeah, The Matrix sequels were balls, but V For Vendetta was ace! Mind you, they only wrote that (the screenplay, that is), they didn't direct it.

Justin Fox
02-11-06, 07:33 PM
Yeah I did enjoy V For Vendetta. Especially now that I sometimes have my egg on toast in the same way :)

02-11-06, 08:04 PM
I heard one of them got a sex change so they cant be referred to as "brothers" anymore ?

Or was that a silly hollywood tabloid ??


02-11-06, 08:06 PM
Haha nah it's true, Larry had a sex change :)

27-06-07, 03:53 PM
Whoa, just found out about this, rather excited!! According to the IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0811080/) it is being shot largely in front of a green screen.... which sounds dreadful, unless it is for the gratuitous use of motion lines!


28-06-07, 12:38 AM
its the MACH 5!

28-06-07, 01:44 AM
here he comes, here comes speed racer

28-06-07, 05:46 AM
he's a demon on wheels...

28-06-07, 06:12 PM
loving the rubber.....advan ftw

Andy Wana
28-06-07, 06:49 PM

29-06-07, 03:13 PM
ive kinda been turned off it seeing as Christina Ricci is Trixie

check it out http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0811080/

07-12-07, 04:17 PM
Story/Images on the up and coming Speedracer fim. Source (http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/2007-12-05-speed-racer_N.htm)

*drum roll* Now for the trailer (http://www.worstpreviews.com/trailer.php?id=401&item=0) :D

Looks alright... I'll say one thing the Wachowski Brothers have kept the look of the film very faithful to the cartoon even the dude wears the same blue polo shirt lol.

07-12-07, 07:31 PM
anyone else think it looks horrible?

Justin Fox
07-12-07, 08:10 PM
Yeah looks bad, but hey I'll go see it! Could be fun.

07-12-07, 11:42 PM
looks shit. too cartoony. doesnt look like therell be enough racing in it. it kinda reminds me of F-Zero X and that other similar n64 game...

and i dont think speed is cast right with that guy from the girl next door...

07-12-07, 11:50 PM
i wonder if theyre going to ruin it like they did the matrix trilogy?

1 was good 2 was better 3 sucked

Justin Fox
08-12-07, 09:40 AM
Are you kidding Drew? Matrix 1 was THE BEST.

08-12-07, 01:09 PM
Are you kidding Drew? Matrix 1 was THE BEST.

I liked 2 better

it was like matrix 1 on steroids...it was more..."matrixlike" (for lack of a better word)

they just totally screwed up number 3 i left the cinema just going wtf just happenned!?

08-12-07, 02:12 PM
V for vendetta was good, as was the matrix but I reckon this is going to suck donkey balls in a large way.

12-12-07, 03:15 PM
hmmmm.... let's be honest, even on animation terms, Speed Racer wasn't a paragon of story or detail. But it seems as if they have chosen that as a reason to just do another all-out action/CG fest that just leaves you feeling cold afterwards (see also: Matrix 2 & 3). Meh, I'll go and see it anyway.
“I say we dust off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

12-12-07, 04:05 PM
“I say we dust off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

What's that from?

12-12-07, 05:22 PM
That looks ridiculous. I think I'll wait for the DVD to come out...and even then I'll wait till it's on a weekly rental, actually, I might just wait till it's on tv. lol

Nothing worse than a car movie that doesn't even try to keep some sort of realistic physics.

12-12-07, 05:38 PM
Nothing worse than a car movie that doesn't even try to keep some sort of realistic physics.

Dude, did you ever watch Speed Racer?

12-12-07, 06:10 PM
Never really see the original....did it come from a cartoon or comic? Anyway, can't comment when i don't even know what to expect from the original...

12-12-07, 07:22 PM
What's that from?

Aliens. In my opinion, one of the great action movies. Had a group of friends at school who were obsessed with the Alien franchise, Aliens in particular. We used to quote the movie verbatim all the time. One dude even had the whole film recorded to casette so he could listen to it on his walkman. Man, we were like Nerds, Old Skool.

13-12-07, 01:48 PM
Haha, ever read the anchorpoint essays?

13-12-07, 02:11 PM
haha it looks like its too kiddy.

i'll jst wait for the dvd lOL

14-12-07, 08:35 PM
Haha, ever read the anchorpoint essays?

omg, never new, just googled. Classic!

14-12-07, 08:52 PM
I am a bigger Aliens nerd than you.

Neilus is better than you.

29-05-08, 06:58 PM
Is anyone else strangely pumped for this?

It's doing terribly in the states and all the critics say it sucks but I'm still really looking forward to it...

29-05-08, 07:46 PM
yes, and no. I know I have to see it, but I'm not sure whether I will actually feel like it was $14.50 well spent...

29-05-08, 08:08 PM
yes, and no. I know I have to see it, but I'm not sure whether I will actually feel like it was $14.50 well spent...

I'll go see it since I remember watching it as a kid.

Doesnt matter if its good or bad.

30-05-08, 01:16 AM
I'm also feeling this way about the new Get Smart movie :???:

01-06-08, 10:46 PM
Click for the first 7 minutes of the movie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJpGiX-2DIs)

Trolls Royce
01-06-08, 11:30 PM
This shit is gonna be mad garbage.

01-06-08, 11:45 PM
Is anyone else strangely pumped for this?

It's doing terribly in the states and all the critics say it sucks but I'm still really looking forward to it...

I am too. Who cares what the critics say :)

I started another thread a couple of weeks about the Speed Racer Movie (which got locked by an admin - I didn't know there was already a Speed Racer thread) ...


The trailers look awesome.

In that thread I wrote ...

The latest pre-release trailers have started coming out in the last few weeks. I've put links to the trailers and the original Speed Racer series on one page on our site to save everyone time trying to find them ...


- Adam

05-06-08, 08:26 AM
I mad the mistake of sitting through this movie last night.

Think the live action, filming and jokes style of The Flinstones (Live action, the second one, which was even more shit than the first!)

Once again, Hollywood has massacred a classic anime.

I fear the day they release Robotech, Battle Angel Alita and Akira.

Serial Killa
05-06-08, 08:59 AM
This movie both sucks and blows at the same time

05-06-08, 10:35 AM
lol i knew it would suck..I have to watch it still

17-06-08, 11:52 PM
Just watched it.


I lost it towards then end when his car wouldn't start. "Just put it in fifth and you can jump start it." Jesus tap-dancing Christ, that's just lazy writing...