Today is a special day at Movies.com because we’re about to bring you the biggest Jason Statham-less Jason Statham update ever. Does that even make sense? Hopefully it will in a minute.
We’ve got two new clips for properties based on projects Statham made famous – only each of these updates has replaced The Expendables 2 star with a different actor, hoping against hope that people watched the originals not to see Statham doing what he does best (kicking butt and looking cool while doing it), but because the stories were so captivating. I am not a gambling man, but even I would plunk down my life’s savings on this assumption being incorrect.
First up, here’s a peek at the soon-to-be-released Death Race 3: Inferno. Statham (and Ian McShane) made the original updating of Roger Corman’s cult classic more fun than it had any right to be, but he bailed on the direct-to-DVD sequel and Luke Goss stepped in to replace him as master driver Frankenstein.
Goss is back in the third installment, as are Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames. The clip is hilariously cheesy – like something you’d expect to find on an '80s VHS tape's preview section – with a Cannon Films logo splashed all over it. We especially love the scene with the guy pitching this new race to Ving Rhames – “more cars…more cons…more DEATH!” We’re guessing they might have just shot that at the actual pitch meeting for this project.
Death Race 3: Inferno is set to burn rubber onto your HDTV screen this December.
While you’re waiting for that, check out this first clip for Cinemax’s new series based on Statham’s The Transporter films.
Chris Vance takes over as the skilled driver with two simple rules (1. You don’t talk about Fight Club…wait a minute...) in the new series – and let’s just say it’s pretty obvious he’s no Jason Statham. The show doesn’t look unwatchable (it showcases some action, but it’s hard to tell if Vance can really pull those scenes off with all of the quick cuts happening), but Vance never comes across as cool as Statham. That could be an issue, because Statham’s persona and unflappable demeanor is really why those films work.
The show hopes to distract you from this potential issue with lots of T&A and by having actor François Berléand reprise his role as Inspector Tarconi from the films. Will it work? We won’t know for sure until later this year. [via IndieWire]