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Speed Racer 2 – Sequel Plans

The Speed Racer movie has been in and out of development since 1992 – Johnny Depp was cast as ‘Speed’ back in 1995, actors attached to the role of ‘Racer X’ have included Henry Rollins and Vince Vaughn. J.J. Abrams once wrote a draft of the screenplay. Alfonso Cuarón (Children Of Men) was attached to direct. Keanu Reeves reportedly turned down the lead role… But if a franchise does materialise don’t expect any such delays before the next installment.

Of course the Wachowskis themselves never do press, preferring to remain mysterious and possibly gender changed, so it’s left to those around them to speak on their behalf -

Joel Silver says the Wachowskis are producing/writing Ninja Assassin next, to be directed by James McTeigue (V For Vendetta). It starts shooting in mid May. But after that… “They have a great story idea for Speed Racer 2”, enthuses Silver. “You always want to create a franchise if you can… We’re having a good time. I love working with them and it’s a great joy to have them in my life. They’re smart and funny and they love the kind of movies I love and they know how to make them like no one else. I look at Speed Racer and can’t believe we created it. I can’t believe it exists.”

The cast are just as ready to jump back in. “When we were all leaving”, says Christina Ricci “We were like ‘write the sequel!’ ‘We want to come back’. And the Wachowskis were like ‘I know. I know. We’re going to. Don’t worry’.“ Ricci wants to see Trixie more heavily involved in the action sequences next time round.

So it all depends now on Speed Racer’s financial performance. The original is said to have cost $100m, not including marketing. That may be a tough finish line to cross…

Sources: Collider, MSN

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  • patrick said

    The Wachowski bros certainly put a lot of effort into making Speed Racer… the movie overall looked and felt like a cross between anime, a kaleidoscope, that Flintstones movie, a video game and the Dukes of Hazard

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  • SA said

    I sincerely hope that Wachowskis are NOT put off by all the of the critics who went INTO the movie with bad ideas and the people who voted WITHOUT seeing the movie. Speed Racer was flat out amazing, as would say anyone who did not go into the movie with already pessimistic thoughts.

    Try this. The first time I went, it was to the midnight premiere with my friend. Just as it was about to start, he said “This better not be boring, because I’m about to fall asleep”, and then BAM! Hello color! :D

    I’ve seen it ten times — and I STILL sit on the edge of my seat every Grand Prix.

    So I hope the Wachowskis are paying attention to the fans and actors, and NOT the critics, and will grace us with a sequel. Seriously. I’m dying, here.

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  • Greatness said

    I will say I did not agree with the critics on this film it was a great movie that deserves an even greater sequel..

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  • Chris Lewis said

    I have been a fan of Speed Racer for as long as I can remeber. I was seriously concerned about the Wachowskis ruining it! I spent weeks playing the cartoons for my son to get him up to “speed” (no pun intended) but worry was always in the back of my mind. When my son and I went to see it opening day! I was utterly blown away! As was my son. Not only did they keep true to the storyline and characters (with the exception of sparky being older and with a British accent) but who knew a movie with live actors could look like that. The acting was great and perfectly over the top! I just bought the DVD a few days ago when it was released, and I still can’t get over the beauty of this movie. The one down side is the amount of money this movie is costing me! Not only have I had to buy all the toys for my son (Okay, okay I love ‘em as much as he does) but now I need a projector for my TV. This movie is way too big for regular home viewing! The people who gave this movie poor reviews have obviously never watched the original cartoons. They definitely got it wrong. If the Wachowskis enjoyed making this movie half as much as my son and I love watching it they have make a sequel.

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  • lokeyhbk said

    speed racer was a great movie allthough im not familiar which the original i hope in the sequel they find out the real identity of racer x .its kinda sad that they dont .

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  • chey.s said

    speed racer wa a great movie and the cretics are so rong about thiss movie and thay should make the sequel, beacuse you could watch it over and over and never get tierd of it! I do hope that in the next speed racer thay find out who racer x really is! i thought it was a little sad at the end when he did not tell him who he realy was.
    I’ll be waiting for the next speed racer!!

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  • annie said

    i can say on thing
    this movie was great! and the cretics were rong about the movie nd that should not stop them from making the next movie
    i have been dieing to see what happends next and if thay will ever find out who racer x is
    i hope tha do make a sequel and if thay do i will be the first person to buy it
    no serioulsy MAkE A SAQUEL!!!
    PLeASE!!!

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  • Jon said

    I have to say, that I went into this movie at the Imax, fully expecting to hate it. I wasn’t a fan of the original cartoon, and I thought that they Wachowski’s unique look for the film was too gimmicky. What I got instead was one of my favorite movies of the year, as well as one of the biggest surprises I’ve ever had in a mvoie. It. Was. AWESOME! I have to say, that I will be VERY upset if there is no sequel. They left it open to be able to do more, and dangit, I WANT MORE! GO SPEED RACER GO!

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  • Carlos said

    I can say the movie was incredible, fantastic and what I think about the critics opinion just they don’t look the movie as the same way we look it. In my opinion the Wachowskis bothers did a great job. ……. Really good movie.

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  • Susana said

    Yeah, so much financial performance… Man, I agree, I hope they are not put off by bad reviews, because I know there are a lot of people that DO like the first Speed Racer movie!

    I would totally watch it if they made for Speed Racer movies!!!

    Oh, and also, it *is* hard to believe the movie exists. It’s crazy! All those mind-blowing graphics! Never seen anything like it, but I’m glad they made it!

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  • John said

    Me and the wife both grew up fans of Kimba and Speed racer but when the reviews were so terrible, I didn’t go to the show and see it. What a mistake!!! I finally rented it and it was one of the most fantastic movies I’ve seen in years.! They out did the originals by a thousand percent, but the chaacters were still exactly who they were supposed to be…SEQUEL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • George said

    I remember growing up watching the Speed racer cartoons and was sooo excited to see the movie. But when I heard all the bad reviews that really put me off. So I just rented a copy a few days ago and man was upset I didn’t get a chance to see it on the big screen! It looked like it would’ve been an eye popping experience and I sure do hope there is a sequel cause. The critics totally missed the ball on this one!

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  • Arvin said

    Aaaargghhh!!! CRAZY GOOD!!!I was shocked with the critics, it seemed like the critics were idiots or something, this movie is deeper than they can see. I watched it 7 times in the cinemas. loved it. They better make a speed racer 2, it will be hard to match up with the quality of the plot for the first movie though. This movie is extremely under-rated, what the hell!!!!…. Speed Racer is one of the best movies ever to be made, Crazy good!! GO GET’EM GO!!

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  • Natalie said

    Loved this movie, my son is sitting in the living room watching it for the umpteenth time and just asked if there is going to be a second installment. I hope there is, it was beautifully done, good, clean fun. I would definitely pay money to see the second one in the theatre, we saw the first one twice (which I RARELY do).

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  • Gene said

    I didn’t watch this movie until just recently because of all the bad reviews, but I have to say that this movie was AMAZING!!!!! Who pays these movie critics anyways? The visuals were absolutely stunning, story was true to the original (for the most part), and I thought that cast was chosen to the tee. By the way, Chim Chim was my favorite thing in the whole movie. Please tell me they are going to follow up witha sequel.

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