Joel Silver Explains Speed Racer Technology

Go, Joel Silver, go!

Joel Silver is sort of the unofficial spokesman for the Wachowski Brothers. They never do press, even when their own movies are coming out, let alone during production. But producer Silver ushered the visionaries into Hollywood and explains their process whenever he can. With Speed Racer wrapping principal photography and onto the visual effects stage, Silver previewed the next new vision from the Matrix boys.

"The Wachowski Brothers really can't do anything easy," said Silver. "They want to make it as hard as they possibly can. So [Speed Racer is] has a look that you have never seen before. It's really a vast panorama of the story. There's going to be a trailer out at Christmas, and it's pretty spectacular. So you'll see it pretty soon."

Shot entirely on green screen, Speed Racer borrows less from the landmark 300 than it does from the Wachowskis' own previous effort. "There were a lot of green screen elements in the Matrix movies. There were a lot of things that were done in those films that were done in a very serious CGI format. This is even more advanced than that."

Specifically, getting the details of a general race track involves more elements than any bullet time scene or burly brawl they've done before. "Look at a movie like Ben-Hur. They took nine months to shoot that chariot race and they had to deal with the horses and the chariots and the crowds. Here's a movie that's made not even 50 years later, these big huge car races, huge crowds. And there are no cars, anyplace. It's all on the computer."

Speed Racer, starring Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, and Susan Sarandon, hits theaters May 8, 2008

Comments

Daniel Aaron

Daniel Gentry

:o

Nov 8 - 12:36 AM

Daniel Aaron

Daniel Gentry

i was hoping for the shocked but happy happy face this guy looks a little tierd mabey his eyes are closed becuase he cant bear to watch the end of the race and doesnt know who is going to win:)

Nov 8 - 12:40 AM

Metafact

Jane Holt

*shrugs* I'm just not that excited about this movie. Maybe it's because I was disappointed by The Matrix sequels, or because I was never a fan of the anime, I don't know.

All I know is, thinking about all the upcoming 2008 films I'm looking forward to, this isn't one of them.

Nov 8 - 12:55 AM

MovieSamurai

j _

I just wanna get a look at Susan Sarandon. Me-Ow

Nov 8 - 03:47 AM

tHe LiviNg dEaD akaOMG

Jamie Alan-Anthony Butler

Wait...

I'm supposed to be excited by a movie that is centered around car racing, yet, involves no actual cars??? Am I the only one that is a tad disturbed by the current direction of big-budget Hollywood movies?

I just wish the dumb moviegoer would get over his/her obsession with ****ty CGI.

Peace. Love. Empathy.
XXX

Nov 8 - 04:42 AM

buttamack

Ronnie Lewis

dumb moviegoer? What makes them dumb? because they choose to be entertained?

Nov 8 - 10:30 AM

tHe LiviNg dEaD akaOMG

Jamie Alan-Anthony Butler

No, the moviegoer is dumb because of WHAT entertains them.

While yes, it is in the eye of the beholder, it just seem like more often than not, if you put a shiny CGI robot or alien on the screen with flashing lights, the moviegoer just claps and laughs the retarded laugh of ignorance. Look at Fast and the Furious 2. Nearly all of the racing was done in CGI. It took away any credit the movie may have had. There was no reason for the CGI besides trying to sell a product.

Dialouge has been lost on the moviegoing public. My proof? Transformers. When Michael Bay is being called a "good director" by a huge chunk of the public, there are problems in the system.

They didn't need CGI 50 years ago, why rely so heavily on it now? Especially when you don't need to? Giant talking, transforming robotic cars...I see the need for CGI. A car that is doing nothing more than driving, as all cars do...where is the need for CGI in that? There is no need. It is an overly used cheap tactic to hide flaws in the director's lack of vision.

Peace. Love. Empathy.
XXX

Nov 9 - 12:04 AM

HedRat

M G

To be fair, there were no REAL (as in actual-real-life) cars in the anime. Of course, any producer that says the entire movie will be green-screened only makes me think of Sky Captain - The Sequel.

Nov 8 - 04:57 AM

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

Ahhh, Sky Captain... so much potential, but so little substance.

Nov 8 - 05:00 AM

walkingdead09

Justin Dean

As it pertains, I'm not a big fan of anime' but I was a fan of speedracer, so I don't care who makes the movie honestly, I'm looking forward to it, and if it sucks, well then that will be one more crappy movie I enjoy. I don't get wrapped up in who is making what, because there are movies made by great directors that I didn't care for, maybe because , "their vision" was over my head or something. Anyway i wonder if Chim Chim is going to be be CGI

Nov 8 - 05:42 AM

StupidSmurf

John Terra

As a kid, I wondered why Speed Racer had a G on his shirt, when there's no G in "Speed" or "Racer". All praise to Wikipedia for clearing that matter up.

I hope they have the weird sound effect from the anime for whenever the automatic jacks are used to make the car leap!

I'm not expecting high art from this movie, but it'd score major points with me if Speed ends up running over Chim-Chim.

Susan Sarandon is in this movie? BLARGH!

Will there be a bad guy? There has to be a bad guy! Maybe the Car Acrobatic Team?? Or Snake Oiler? Or maybe Skull Duggery? The choices are limitless!

Nov 8 - 06:00 AM

dahluzz

joe shmo

thundercats will probly use robots for motion capture. who even needs humans!

Nov 8 - 06:05 AM

Kollikodon

Ryan Ohlemeier

... as with most adaptations, either going to suck... or be brilliant. But with the Wachowski Brothers name slapped on.. expect 150 million opening weekend.

Nov 8 - 07:46 AM

Crenshaw

Bryan Winter

Man I hope after the Big Race they all rip off half their clothes and start dancing. Those Matrix Raves were awesome. Ehem...

Nov 8 - 07:59 AM

photosuperstar

Aaron Abbott

Lame. That's all I can say, Lame.

Nov 8 - 08:26 AM

StupidSmurf

John Terra

Well, yeah, there IS that...

I envision this movie as a Netflix rental, to be watched once the brain's been disconnected, and lots of beer in easy reach. :-)

No way in Hell I'd pay cinema admission prices to see this freak-out rendition of my childhood nostalgia!

Nov 8 - 08:30 AM

Heath H.

Heath Huxall

Agreed, lame-lame-lame.

Nov 8 - 08:58 AM

StupidSmurf

John Terra

Well, yeah, there IS that...

I envision this movie as a Netflix rental, to be watched once the brain's been disconnected, and lots of beer in easy reach. :-)

No way in Hell I'd pay cinema admission prices to see this freak-out rendition of my childhood nostalgia!

Nov 8 - 08:30 AM

Heath H.

Heath Huxall

Agreed, lame-lame-lame.

Nov 8 - 08:58 AM

BlueMobius

D.S. Levy

At its heart, Speedracer is really an anime about car racing and the development of its central character. Granted, the anime is wooden and the character development is fairly weak, but whenever one gets tired of the characters, there's a car race to focus on. It's pretty well-planned, IMHO.

Now, translate that to film, add some intensity (which the W Bros. will no doubt try to do) and you might have a real thriller. I think people expect some kind of lighthearted film from these guys but I'm not sure why we'd be led to think that. This film is going to be exciting, I have no doubt (the least we can expect is a two hour Star Wars Podrace which, I hope we all agree, was the only decent thing about Phantom Menace) and even if it's highly stylized and more or less animated, I'm there. After all, it's better than some cheap aimed-at-kids eighty minute cartoon splashed up on the screen that only the creepiest adults will go see! :)

Nov 8 - 09:36 AM

buttamack

Ronnie Lewis

dumb moviegoer? What makes them dumb? because they choose to be entertained?

Nov 8 - 10:30 AM

tHe LiviNg dEaD akaOMG

Jamie Alan-Anthony Butler

No, the moviegoer is dumb because of WHAT entertains them.

While yes, it is in the eye of the beholder, it just seem like more often than not, if you put a shiny CGI robot or alien on the screen with flashing lights, the moviegoer just claps and laughs the retarded laugh of ignorance. Look at Fast and the Furious 2. Nearly all of the racing was done in CGI. It took away any credit the movie may have had. There was no reason for the CGI besides trying to sell a product.

Dialouge has been lost on the moviegoing public. My proof? Transformers. When Michael Bay is being called a "good director" by a huge chunk of the public, there are problems in the system.

They didn't need CGI 50 years ago, why rely so heavily on it now? Especially when you don't need to? Giant talking, transforming robotic cars...I see the need for CGI. A car that is doing nothing more than driving, as all cars do...where is the need for CGI in that? There is no need. It is an overly used cheap tactic to hide flaws in the director's lack of vision.

Peace. Love. Empathy.
XXX

Nov 9 - 12:04 AM

stevegilpin

Steven Gilpin

This movie is going to be awesome. I really don't have doubts, even though I'm not a big Speed Racer fan....I just love the Wachowski Brothers.

Nov 8 - 10:40 AM

herr_howard

David Howard

Someone said Speed Racer was about car racing...seems to me Speed was solving some kind of mystery or crime every episode and usually did so around a car race.

What I would expect (and anticipate) is some hold-your-breath action sequences related to Speed, Trixie, et. al. getting into and out of tight jams...and of course when a car flies off the track, it will HAVE to explode in a huge, smoking, gaseous fireball :)

Nov 8 - 11:01 AM

StupidSmurf

John Terra

This is an excellent point! There was racing, sure, but way more often, there were smugglers, spy rings, dictators, ninjas, crooks, etc. to deal with.

I think "Fairly Oddparents" did the best job of capturing the feel of Speed Racer. ;-)

Nov 8 - 12:26 PM

rgallitan

robin thompson

Does anybody else find the redundancy of the title amusing? I mean, SPEED Racer? What other kind is there? How about Water Swimmer, or Bullet-shooting Gunslinger?

I kid, of course. It's a fine title and rolls off the tongue very well. But still...

Nov 8 - 11:15 AM

Derbeste

Rob Beste

"What other kind is there?

The Human race. So that would make us all racers.

Racer blades....you know...to shave with.

Eracers for when you mess up.

Riiiiiiiiiiiidge Raaaaaacer!

Nov 8 - 11:47 AM

Young Turk

Joe Massino

Hilarious, thank you!

Nov 8 - 02:08 PM

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