Regarding Speed Racer, here are the highlights —
— Emile Hirsch has indeed locked in the starring role 100%
— Silver says it’s “a big family movie”
— It’s going to be Rated-G
— Silver hopes to make at least 2 Speed Racer films
— The Mach 5 car will be completely CGI, they will NOT be building a real Mach 5 at all
Joel Silver: 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, have a great sense of – 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 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.
Hirsch calls Speed Racer “Blade Runner meets Andy Warhol meets pop art.” Honestly, I won’t deny that I am incredibly excited to see the completely new envisioning of Speed Racer and just how this entire CGI footage will turn out. I expect nothing less than groundbreaking from The Wachowski’s.