Wachowski Brothers Wave the Checkered Flag for "Speed Racer"

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Brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski are set to direct a live-action film feature of Japanese animation series "Speed Racer."
The Wachowskis are back behind the camera at last. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that duo Larry and Andy Wachowski are on board to direct "Speed Racer", Warner Bros.' big-screen, live-action version of the classic 1960s series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida.

Intended to be a family-friendly film feature, the project is expected to begin filming in summer 2007 for a summer 2008 release with the brothers also penning the script. The story will be focused on a young race car driver who strives to reach glory in his gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5.

In developing the flick, the Wachowskis will reunite with several creative talents from the "Matrix" trilogy, like visual effects supervisor John Gaeta, producer Joel Silver, and executive producer Grant Hill while aiming to bring something new to the table for the movie.

"They are approaching these racing scenes in a way you've never seen before," Silver remarked, also pointing out that the brothers are designing the movie's look as they write.

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