Silver Confirms Casting, Talks Wachowskis' "Speed Racer" Vision

Rotten Tomatoes was there on Friday when Joel Silver confirmed the announcement of Emile Hirsch as the live action "Speed Racer." Then he addressed the Wachowski's visual ideas for adapting the anime property.

"First of all, they approach everything from a stand point of story and script," Silver said. "They?re writers first. So the script they wrote is really spectacular and it?s a really great story and incredible characters. And they were impressed by 'Speed Racer' because it was the first Japanese animation they saw when they were kids. It was the first time they were aware of a different kind of animation, it made them learn about Japanese animation, so it?s kind of seminal, and they always like the idea of the material, so they?ve always known about it."


Your next Speed Racer, Emile Hirsch

Though the vision is being kept strictly under wraps, Silver has already impressed the suits at Warner Brothers. "I keep showing the studio tests and they sit in their room, and I put the lights down, I show them the test. Everybody just looks at me and they say, ?Can you show that to us again?? They can?t believe what they?re seeing. It?s just the way they?re working with images and how they?re putting it together. It?s going to be the first HD movie they?ve ever shot."

Silver also explained the R-rated Wachowskis' first foray into family film. "They?ve always wanted to make a movie that could be seen by the whole family. Every movie they?ve made have been adult movies. And they?re also great film buffs. They love Capra movies, they wanted to make a movie that could have real sentiment. And they feel that a lot of the adult films they see or are aware of are very cynical. But they feel that when they come to the family movies, some of the animated movies that we see are, they feel they return to a kind of filmmaking that they love, so they feel like they can do that in this movie. It doesn?t have to be a cynical story, it can be a movie that is as human and as accessible, and is sentimental. So you?re going to see a very kind of real story, and then technologically, you?re going to see things that you?ve never even dreamed of, or you?ve seen before."

Comments

MyDearestFosca

Matt Loewen

Sounds promising.

Mar 24 - 12:40 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

Go ... *yawn* ... Speed Racer. The Wachowskis are very excited over Speed Racer but so was George Lucas when he was making Howard The Duck.

Mar 24 - 01:49 PM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

Lucas didn't hype or make Howard at all, he just funded it. Period. I doubt anyone could recall a time when he talked about it.

I'll take James Cameron-hype over any more Joel Silver-hype.

Mar 25 - 12:03 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

Willard Huyck, a close friend of George Lucas who wrote a number of screenplays for him and worked on his movies may indeed be the director on record for Howard The Duck, but make no mistake about it, Howard The Duck was George Lucas' baby, in the same way Poltergeist was Spielberg's baby and Lucas vehemently defended and promoted his lame duck after it's release every time someone criticised it. So that means he defended it a lot.

Mar 25 - 04:33 PM

cgcbooks

Robert Kimberlin

I'd rather see a live Clutch Cargo film with real actors faces and a fake mouth.

Mar 24 - 01:53 PM

Bob*

bob askins

good! now make a "saint seiya" live action flick and I'll die happily ^^

Mar 24 - 02:19 PM

QTRules

Tony Ciccarello

[b]yeah, right[/b]
Silver is the same guy who told us that the Matrix sequels were going to be so incredibly great....he's a salesman and hypester above anything else.

Mar 24 - 03:07 PM

Aftermath_1551

Kanu Avasthy

Hey the Matrix sequels WERE incredibely great

Mar 24 - 05:20 PM

Lord Talon

Carlton Talley

This could be intersting...maybe...if we're lucky........

Mar 24 - 08:41 PM

meanstreak

Andre Allen

[b]Yikes.[/b]
I don't know... The Wachowskis making a family film is like putting George Carlin in a PG-13 movie.

Mar 24 - 10:30 PM

Xhrix

David Smith

Seems like they would be more suited for a live action Voltron, or Thunder Cats.
Speed Racer just doesn't seem like a good investment by a studio to be directed by those wackjob brothers

Mar 25 - 07:16 AM

toniokruger

adi nugroho

[b]"The bar will be set so high, there'll be no bar !"
That's what Silver said regarding MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. So when he said we're gonna see things we've never seen before, well, that's Hype 101 folks.

Mar 25 - 08:47 AM

lrm8

john smith

technically, the matrix IS amazing. story line wise, not exactly (i seem to like it more than others, but even i admit it could have been much better)... the matrix sequels are worth watching for the special effects alone, even if you keep the tv on mute.

but yes, im skeptical as to how the wachowskis are going to take speed racer and make it into a family movie. just sounds weird all around.

Mar 25 - 10:06 AM

lrm8

john smith

technically, the matrix IS amazing. story line wise, not exactly (i seem to like it more than others, but even i admit it could have been much better)... the matrix sequels are worth watching for the special effects alone, even if you keep the tv on mute.

but yes, im skeptical as to how the wachowskis are going to take speed racer and make it into a family movie. just sounds weird all around.

Mar 25 - 10:06 AM

S0BeURself

Mark Lopez

umm . . . the sequels sucked, plain and simple. better off forgotten entirely. Period.

Mar 25 - 10:20 AM

High School With Money

LEEEROOOOOAAAAHHHH MMMYYAAAANKEEEUUUNNNNSSSS

Lucas didn't hype or make Howard at all, he just funded it. Period. I doubt anyone could recall a time when he talked about it.

I'll take James Cameron-hype over any more Joel Silver-hype.

Mar 25 - 12:03 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

Willard Huyck, a close friend of George Lucas who wrote a number of screenplays for him and worked on his movies may indeed be the director on record for Howard The Duck, but make no mistake about it, Howard The Duck was George Lucas' baby, in the same way Poltergeist was Spielberg's baby and Lucas vehemently defended and promoted his lame duck after it's release every time someone criticised it. So that means he defended it a lot.

Mar 25 - 04:33 PM

lrm8

john smith

umm... you have your opinion, i have mine Sobe. period.

Mar 25 - 12:18 PM

think_first

Joe Blow

[b]Michael Bay Hype > You[/b]
MB Hype pwns all others. Like when he said the Island was gonna be awesome, just because he thought it would be cool to throw giant metal barbells into futuristic bubble cars in the future. MB FTW.

Mar 25 - 12:27 PM

think_first

Joe Blow

[b]BTW...[/b]
The Wachowski's will probably end up with pg-13 because they will make this kind of violent. I mean slow motion Japanamation-turned-live with Matrix like effects...? How is that gonna make a PG rating. Live action speedracer would have a lot of action, like slow-mo explosions and glass flying around and people badly dubbed shouting in slow motion while that crazy monkey thing hops from car to car all super slow-mo again. Then like 9 cars will flip over at once (but they won't show blood, thus pleasing the god-kings of the MPAA) and no one will be getting crunched, just futuristic looking cars getting destroyed while we ponder the drivers fate. The viewer will just think that the drivers are injured, were as in the matrix we KNOW people die.

It will be a PG-13 "Family Film", like Episode III. Kids will still see it anyway, but that's because the parents will know it's PG-13 because of all the Matrix-ee effects and stuff, and there are not any really bad adult scenes.

As long as there isn't a Colonel Sanders wannabe spouting Philosophy while in the TV section of Best Buy, the kiddies won't get confused. And as long as there aren't poorly done akward sex scenes (you scarred some children for life, Neo) and there aren't any poorly filmed underground rave scenes with glow sticks and lots of booty, the parents are happy. Throw in badass action and ULTRA HYPE? by Silver and you have what will probably be a *coughs* crappy movie, but with awesome effects. Like most movies. SIGH.

Mar 25 - 12:48 PM

dracus

Cap Nord

Willard Huyck, a close friend of George Lucas who wrote a number of screenplays for him and worked on his movies may indeed be the director on record for Howard The Duck, but make no mistake about it, Howard The Duck was George Lucas' baby, in the same way Poltergeist was Spielberg's baby and Lucas vehemently defended and promoted his lame duck after it's release every time someone criticised it. So that means he defended it a lot.

Mar 25 - 04:33 PM

Mortayst Les Phil Ng

Sam Johnson

Wachowskis + Speed Racer makes Spritel and Chim-Chim cry white-hot tears of rage and sorrow. Maybe the Wachowskis will pull their heads out of their tailpipes just long enough to do this film justice, but somehow I doubt it. WB might as well have given the project to Joel "Neon Fetishist" Schumacher.

And just for the record, handing the lead role to a K. Fed lookalike isn't exactly a confidence booster either. Much as I'd like to be proven wrong, I'm expecting an abomination of "Underdog" proportions.

Mar 26 - 08:06 PM

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