Monday, March 31, 2008

Speed Racer Poster in 3-D!

Warner Bros. has uploaded the very cool one-sheet lenticular poster for Speed Racer onto the net. Just click the above image of the poster to open the 3-D Speed Racer poster. Then just click anywhere in the middle of the poster and move from side to side to get the full 3-D effect! (source)

Keanu Reeves Says He Turned Down ‘Watchmen’ And ‘Speed Racer’ Roles

(Via MTV) Clearly Keanu Reeves has become perhaps THE go-to guy for cool sci-fi/genre properties in recent years (funny how a mega-blockbuster trilogy like “The Matrix” will help something like that). By the end of the year Keanu is going to add Klaatu to his roster of iconic roles in “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, but there could have been even more on his geek-friendly resume. Just the other day he admitted to MTV News that there were two other high-profile roles he recently turned down, in the form of Dr. Manhattan AND Racer X!

Yes, Reeves confirmed the long whispered of rumors that he’d been offered the role of Dr. Manahattan in Zack Snyder’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of “Watchmen.” Saying he was absolutely interested in the role but had to pass because it simply “didn’t work out,” Reeves still expressed his enthusiasm for the “Watchmen” project.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Speed Racer Sequel Talks

This is the first news I've heard of in Speed Racer sequels but it looks like the Wachowski's may have found a director to helm a possible follow-up to the yet unreleased Speed Racer movie. Time Out Chicago is reporting that Thai director “Joe” Weerasethakul although I can't find any confirmation.

I guess I'm a little skeptical since the report names Uwe Boll (pictured left) as another director considered for the job. Uwe Boll, for those that might not be familiar with his work, is a B-grade director known for some campy films like Postal and Alone in the Dark. Not only is Boll not equipped to handle a FX-laden franchise film but he is considered by many critics, peers, and film buffs as one of the worst directors of our generation.

Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul is an award-winning director who Tropical Malady and Blissfully Yours took home prize awards at Cannes and I can see him getting looked at (and getting) the role of director.
Maverick Thai director and School of the Art Institute alum Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul has been tapped to direct a sequel to Speed Racer, despite the fact that the Wachowski brothers’ adaptation of the beloved cartoon series has yet to be released. The likely megahit, starring Emile Hirsch and Christina Ricci, will hit theaters on May 9, but Warner said it wanted to get an early start on the next film to head off the creative doldrums the Wachowskis faced with their Matrix sequels.

“We love Joe’s eye, his disdain for linearity and the playful naturalism he brought to Blissfully Yours,” said one Warner Bros. representative, who requested anonymity for fear of incurring the wrath of director Uwe Boll, who had previously been considered. “The aerobics scene at the end of Syndromes and a Century moved me to tears.”

The rep also cited Weerasethakul’s experience directing one of 2004’s most memorable characters, the talking monkey in Tropical Malady, as good preparation for working with Chim-Chim, Speed’s pet chimpanzee. “Joe truly is a visionary,” he said, “and we are fully confident that his vision will be symbiotic with the Wachowskis’.” (source)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Trailer Opens With Speed Racer

The Speed Racer movie has picked up an unexpected passenger. George Lucas and his new Clone Wars animated movie will debut their trailer during the opening of Speed Racer in theaters May 9th.
" has learned that Warner Bros. Pictures is currently planning to reveal the trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars in theaters with the studio's own Speed Racer on May 9th. We are uncertain at this point when the trailer would debut online, though studios usually bring trailers online that same week.

The August 15 release will feature such characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padm̩ Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. In the film, Sinister villains Рled by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous Рare poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the "Star Wars" universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations.

The theatrical debut of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be followed in the fall when the TV series premieres on Cartoon Network, followed by airings on TNT"

Friday, March 28, 2008

Speed Racer's Mach 5 Goes On Tour

To help promote the new Speed Racer movie one of the cast members is making some publicity stops. That cast member is the Mach 5, Speed Racer's multi-talented car. has got the scoop on the tour.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Speed Racer Entertainment Weekly Images

Speed Racer Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly takes a look at the Wachowski Brothers Speed Racer movie with some new images that detail the glossy and eye-popping world of the live-action movie. The cars in Speed Racer look highly detailed and beautiful just in these small images. EW gives up 15 pics for the article in the upcoming issue. About half of them are new including the ones below.

Speed Racer Entertainment Weekly
Speed Racer Entertainment Weekly

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

‘Speed Racer’ Is Like ‘Nothing You’ve Ever Seen Before,’ Promises Hirsch

Emile Hirsch is Speed Racer

Speed Racer star Emile Hirsch is talking big about his upcoming role as the live-action race car driver. Hirsch believes the Wachowski brothers have created a movie like 'Nothing You’ve Ever Seen Before.’
(via MTV Movies) That’s a mighty claim, but it’s what actor Emile Hirsch is serving up with regard to his starring stint in the Wachowski brothers’ upcoming big-budget adaptation of the classic animated series. “This film has all these visuals and elements to it,” says the actor. “That’s what the Wachowski brothers, when they were making that first ‘Matrix,’ [were doing]. No one had seen anything like it.”

Two New Speed Racer Character Posters Released

Two new Korean posters have been added to the Speed Racer gallery. Mr. Musha (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Tajho (Rain) have new character posters geared toward the Korean market. (source)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Four New Speed Racer Posters Released

Go Speed Racer! Go!

Four new Speed Racer posters were released today to join the original one-sheet above. The set of 4 posters include three character posters and one with Speed in the Mach 5 and are marketed for a UK audience. No word yet if these will be the same for us in the States or not. The Speed Racer character posters include Emile Hirsch as Speed, Matthew Fox as Racer X, and Christina Ricci as Trixie. (via)

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Speed Racer Deeper Look

speed racer emile visited the Las Vegas ShoWest convention which featured an in-depth look into the upcoming Speed Racer movie. Comingsoon's Edward Douglas had a chance to visit with producer Joel Silver and stars Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, and Matthew Fox.

There was also a viewing of a long, 4-minute clip of the movie which helps fill out the plot details of the movie as well as how nice the new full-focus camera work is going to look.
"Essentially, a rich mogul has gotten tired of Speed Racer winning every race and he offers a million dollar bounty to anyone who takes Speed Racer out in the next big race. With such danger all around him, Speed's Mach 5 is upgraded to the Mach 6 with lots of new devices added to help counter the assassins' weapons and the extended footage included a lot more flying and spinning cars as well as some of the weapons that Speed Racer will have to face on the track.

The extra footage included some more expositional dialogue between Racer X and Speed Racer that hints at their relationship. One of the reasons the film might look so strange at first is that it's very colorful, but also, the Wachowskis wanted to make a movie where everything was in focus rather than the eye having to determine where to focus its attention.

It's similar to the way Robert Rodriguez brought Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City to life, and it's also the closest that a live action movie can come to recreating the feel of a cartoon." (...more)

Topps Candy Coated Speed Racer Web Game

Speed Racer game screen shot

The Speed Racer film and Topps candy have teamed up to bring the Topps Candy Coated Speed Racer Web Game. Jump behind the wheel of Speed or Racer X to join in the action. The site does require a free login to get started. Once you join in you will be eligible to win some of the Speed Racer prizes they are giving away including a Speed Racer Wii Game and Topps candy.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Joel Silver: Speed Racer Will Be Rated PG

Speed Racer producer Joel Silver, in an exclusive interview with, has stated that the upcoming Speed Racer film will carry a rating of PG. There was much debate as to whether Speed would drive in at a G or PG rating. The Wachowskis are making their first family-film with Speed and the original intentions were to have the film come in at a family friendly G-rating.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Full-Length Speed Racer Trailer

Warner Bros. has unleashed the full-length domestic trailer for the Wachowksi Brothers' Speed Racer. Get your first look at the new trailer for the film that hits theaters and IMAX on May 9th.

Speed Racer gets the Yahoo! treatment with a promotion this week on their main page. Thankfully, Yahoo! has started to allow embedding of their video. This is great because they have some fantastic exclusive deals with studios for trailers and clips.

Full-Length Speed Racer Trailer

The masterminds behind the 'Matrix' bring the beloved '60s anime cartoon to life on the big screen. Forget the bleak Neo-centric vision of the future; this is more Andy Warhol meets the Jetsons. Watch Speed as he battles corruption in the racing industry and his mysterious rival.

Monday, March 10, 2008

New Speed Racer International Trailers Released

Speed is back on the market with 2 new international trailers that highlight the super-bright CG atmosphere of the Speed Racer world. These new trailers show off more footage from the movie which is a plus.

Speed Racer International Trailer A

Speed Racer International Trailer B

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Speed Racer to Get Simultaneous IMAX and Theatrical Release

IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Speed Racer, the action-packed adventure from the creators of The Matrix trilogy, will be simultaneously released to IMAX and conventional theatres on May 9, 2008. Speed Racer, based on the hit anime series created by Tatsuo Yoshida, is written and directed by The Wachowski Brothers. The film will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. Warner Bros. Pictures will be the exclusive distributor of the film to IMAX theatres worldwide.

"Speed Racer combines riveting action with stunning special effects, making it an ideal choice for IMAX's format," said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures. "We are delighted to release the film to IMAX theatres, where audiences can experience the next best thing to actually sitting in the driver's seat during this high speed adventure."

"Speed Racer is a fantastic addition to our 2008 film slate, and we are very pleased to welcome The Wachowski Brothers back to the world of IMAX," said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "The unique vision of these talented filmmakers has always been well suited to IMAX's format, and we're more than excited to be a part of this release."

"Speed Racer has all the elements for a powerful IMAX experience, with its broad appeal and spectacular effects," said Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. "We are excited to be exhibiting the film internationally in this unique format."

"Audiences will experience an incredible thrill ride when they see Speed Racer in IMAX theatres this May," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Warner Bros Pictures, The Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver are masters at telling stories specifically for the big IMAX screen, and with up to 14,000 watts of digital surround sound combined with crystal-clear, larger than life images, this movie and IMAX are made for each other." (source)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Christina Ricci Talks Speed Racer

After wowing fans with her gritty and seductive role in Craig Brewer's Black Snake Moan, Christina Ricci took time out to star with James McAvoy in the Reese Witherspoon produced fairy tale Penelope, about a young heiress cursed with a physical deformity who needs to find her true love in order to break the dreaded spell.

After several delays, Penelope finally makes its way to theaters and Christina Ricci was recently out on the press circuit to promote the film where she dished the dirt on the challenges of transforming her look for the film, wearing a new nose, and her fear of monkeys on the set of Speed Racer.

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