April 23, 2007 06:20:43 GMT
"Crank" star Jason Statham is in talks to become the lead star in Universal Pictures' futuristic action thriller "Deathrace 3000."
Remains being enthusiastic in bringing thrills to moviegoers, Jason Statham is reportedly involved negotiations to topline futuristic action thriller "Death Race" which Universal Pictures is currently developing under its banner.
Originally set up at Paramount Pictures as a vehicle for Tom Cruise, the flick is a remake of the 1975 cult classic "Death Race 2000" which takes place in a dystopian America where the president presides over an ultra-violent road race from New York to Los Angeles. Here contestants get score points for running people down using their heavily armed cars as they speed across the country.
Filming is planned to begin in late summer or early fall with Paul W.S. Anderson helming from the script he himself wrote. Meanwhile, Cruise, instead of taking starring role in the project, will only produce alongside his production partner Paula Wagner as well as Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, and Roger Corman.