By now, you're probably aware that Joel Silver is producing a big-screen version of Speed Racer, and that the Wachowski Brothers (those guys who dabble in S&M and cross-dressing, as well as helm films like the Matrix trilogy) are writing and directing. Well, not much was known about the project besides what I just mentioned (except for the fact that Vince Vaughn first pitched the idea a long time ago) -- but now, Silver is starting to leak a few little tidbits.
First, the Wachowskis were inspired to direct the film after watching Ice Age 2 -- yes, Ice Age 2 -- open to large box office numbers. They found that "very interesting" and thus were committed to making a big family-type film of their own. According to Silver, the film won't deviate too far from the cartoon series -- he says, "It's the story of Speed Racer, but in a way that you've never seen anything like that before in your life. The Wachowskis brought a tremendous sense of wonder and magic to that story. They just had a different way of seeing the story, in the way they do on everything they do. And we're going to shoot all of that in Germany". Ah Germany, where the speed limit is whatever you want it to be.
The last bit of coolness Silver offered up was a bit of a tease as to whether or not they'll be going live-action or straight CG. Says Silver, "I don't know if we'll even use any cars." Hmm, the Wachowski Bros. loved how much money Ice Age 2 made, they're shooting in Germany and not using any cars? What do you make out of that? Pic is set to race into theaters at some point in 2008.