Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Speed Racer Trailer This Christmas

Producer Joel Silver told reporters to expect a trailer for the Wachowski brothers' upcoming film adaptation of the anime classic Speed Racer sometime around Christmas. Speaking at a news conference to promote Fred Claus, Silver said the live-action movie is "a wild ride," adding: "There's going to be a trailer out at Christmas, and it's pretty spectacular. So you'll see it pretty soon."

Talking about his longtime collaborators, Silver said: "The Wachowski brothers can't do anything easy. You know, they want to make it as hard as they possibly can. So it's a movie that has a look that you have never seen before, and it's really a vast panorama for the story."

Speed Racer stars Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) as the title character, a young race-car driver with a mysterious past and an unstoppable car, the Mach 5.

The movie will advance the visual effects seen in the Wachowskis' Matrix movies, Silver promised. "There were a lot of things [in] those films that were done in a very serious CGI format," he said. "And this is even more advanced than that. You look at a movie like Ben-Hur. I mean, they took nine months to shoot that chariot race. And they had to deal with the horses and the chariots and the crowds. And here's a movie that's made not even 50 years later, with these big, huge car races, huge crowds, and there's no [real] cars anyplace. It's all on the computer. Speed Racer is due in theaters May 9, 2008.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Emile Hirsch on Speed Racer

To shoot Into the Wild, Emile Hirsch trimmed down, got healthy, went outdoors and literally had to rough it in the bush, from the scorching desert scrublands of California's Salton Sea to the wilderness of Alaska.

To shoot his next movie, Hirsch is now strapped into a harness inside a studio. He is starring in Speed Racer, a live-action version of the 1960s Japanese anime, for the Wachowski Brothers of The Matrix fame. [...more]

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