Speed Racer 2 – Sequel Plans4.05.08 # News, Sequel # 34 Comments
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…