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    'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Licensees Ready To 'Go' With Speed Racer

    October 26, 2007

    By Becky Ebenkamp
    Brandweek

    LOS ANGELES -- Speed Racer Enterprises has added a number of licensing partners that will debut their wares around the time Warner Brothers’ live action movie releases next spring (May 9).

    The classic property owner has no connection to the Wachowski-brothers’ live action film, but will play off the timing of the release with its own animated TV series on Nicktoons, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, along with licensed goods from Jada Toys (die-cast vehicles), Senario (plug ‘n play games), ES Originals (children’s footwear, backpacks), Unique Industries (party goods) and Innovative Designs (school supplies).

    Most licensees are onboard for both the classic and Next Generation properties.

    “Obviously, the movie will have an impact on what we’re doing,” said Jim Rocknowski, president of Speed Racer Enterprises. “The underlying properties get a big boost when a movie comes out—people go look for the classic stuff.” The majority of licensees will ship Speed Racer classic merchandise early next year, while the Next Generation program goes wide for fall and holiday 2008.
    http://www.brandweek.com/bw/news/spo..._id=1003664097


    'Speed Racer' joins 'Prince Caspian' in May '08 - Variety 3/12/07
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    This is great news, I love this series, then and now, live-action will be interesting.



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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Michael Giacchino to Score "Speed Racer"

    Film Music Magazine
    Dec 18, 2007, 4:25PM

    The Gorfaine-Schwartz Agency confirms that Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission: Impossible III) is attached to Speed Racer, the eagerly anticipated new action film by brothers Andy and Larry Wachowski (of The Matrix fame). The film, which is scheduled to premiere on May 9, is based on the 1960's Japanese animated series about a young race car driver and his advanced car, Mach 5. Emile Hirsch, Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci and John Goodman stars in the film, which is produced by Warner Bros and Joel Silver's Silver Pictures.

    http://www.filmmusicmag.com/radionew...Racer-508.html
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Michael also recently scored the Disney short, 'How To Hook Up Your Home Theater' and is nominated for an Annie Award and a Grammy Award for his score for 'Ratatouille'.
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    I am going to be spending a bit of money on this Speed Racer stuff!

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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    'Speed Racer' | Sneaks 2008

    Taking hyper-real to new extremes


    Warner Bros.

    With "Speed Racer," the filmmakers are aiming for a candy-hued, effects-heavy "bright, optimistic, exaggerated reality."

    Here he comes, here comes 'Speed Racer.' The Wachowski brothers' film version figures to be even more high-flying than the cartoon.

    By Chris Lee
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    January 13, 2008

    TALK about the fast and the furious.

    The Wachowski brothers are making a live action version of "Speed Racer," the '60s Japanese-animated series that gives a whole new meaning to the idea of "X-treme" motor sports.

    Like the cartoon, the action adventure is focused around an elite group of professional racers -- among them Speed, played by "Into the Wild's" Emile Hirsch -- who vie for primacy on the international circuit. They hurtle around torquing loop the loops in spaceship-like roadsters and thunder across far-flung road race locales in tricked out rally cars, all at speeds surpassing 300 mph. Their gleaming machines explode into the air using "jump jacks" on the vehicles' undercarriages and drivers battle tooth, nail and cylinder to knock out one another. Fending off hell-bent competitors, corrupt corporate sponsors and booby traps, they're as likely to wind up in a fiery wreckage as to come in under the checkered flag -- even if in Speed's PG-friendly world, nobody ever dies in a crash.

    Befitting a movie that owes a stylistic debt to the early '60s, as well as notions of what the future would look like, writer-directors Andy and Larry Wachowski came up with a mashed-up nickname for the film's mélange of Formula 1, the X Games and demolition derby.

    "Car-Fu -- that's what the boys were calling it," said "Speed Racer" producer Joel Silver, speaking for the notoriously media-averse Wachowskis, the dystopian auteurs behind the blockbuster "Matrix" trilogy. "Cars fighting in the air."

    Chief among them, the hero's new wheels: a vehicle that looks to be a kind of rocket-propelled F1 car on steroids called the Mach VI -- the next generation from the cartoon's Mach V. "That wasn't on the show," visual effects supervisor John Gaeta confirmed, explaining that races will compose about a third of the film's action.

    With "Speed Racer's" March post-production deadline quickly approaching -- the film is due out in May -- the filmmakers are scrambling to finalize their vision of a candy-hued, effects-heavy "bright, optimistic, exaggerated reality" -- one they say will eventually include some 2,000 visual effects (nearly triple the amount in most CGI-aided movies) and employ what they are calling "2˝-D" technology that the notoriously exacting Wachowskis helped innovate especially for the project.

    "The car races in 'Speed Racer' couldn't have been filmed until now -- there would have been no way to do these races without the effects we created," Silver said. "There are no cars, no stands, no people. It's a composite world and most of the movie was shot on green screen."
    http://www.latimes.com/
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    I saw this poster today at the movie theater.


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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    'Speed Racer' aims for multiple tie-ins

    Joel Silver film getting brand name bump

    By Marc Graser
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    January 25, 2008

    Joel Silver has always wanted one of his movies plastered on the front of a cereal box.

    But making films like "Die Hard," "Predator," "Lethal Weapon" or even "The Matrix" trilogy doesn't land the brands.

    "I've lived my life as an R-rated man," Silver says.

    Not any more.

    "Speed Racer," the actioner throttling into theaters May 9, is targeting a G rating. What's more, Silver not only gets his cover of Cheerios -- he gets a McDonald's Happy Meal, Hot Wheels cars and Lego playsets.

    Warner Bros. will need all the help it can get.

    In a year when the studio is launching the next installments of the "Batman" and "Harry Potter" franchises, it's hoping that the lesser-known "Speed Racer" can blast through the checkered flag at the box office and become worthy of sequels as well.

    But the family-friendly entry, based on the Japanese anime series of the 1960s, and helmed by the Wachowskis (who worked with Silver on "The Matrix" trilogy) faces a fiercely competitive summer session, bowing just a week after another franchise-hopeful, "Iron Man."

    So the studio has enlisted a lengthy lineup of promotional partners that will pony up at least $80 million in additional marketing support around the film.

    That kind of backing from brands like General Mills, McDonald's, Target, Mattel, Lego, Topps and Esurance, among others, will create the "noise" needed to gets auds interested in the pic, Silver says.
    What that includes are:
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=13&cs=1
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    LEGO Secures Speed Racer Rights

    Source: LEGO Group
    January 30, 2008



    LEGO Group today announced an agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) to secure construction toy rights for the upcoming Speed Racer, the live action feature film adaptation of the classic TV series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida.

    Under the agreement, LEGO Group will produce four constructible racing playsets under its LEGO Racers brand, scheduled to race onto store shelves in April 2008, and ranging in price from $19.99 to $59.99 USD. Builders and collectors alike will appreciate the inclusion of multiple authentic racers in each set for head-to-head racing and building fun. Many of the Speed Racer characters also will come to life in LEGO minifigure form, including Speed, Racer X, Trixie, Spritle, Chim-Chim, Mom and Pops Racer, Taejo Togokhan, Snake Oiler, Gray Ghost and Cruncher Block.

    "Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with LEGO on Batman and Harry Potter, and we are excited to expand our relationship to include products based on the upcoming 'Speed Racer' film," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, for Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "LEGO has captured the racing excitement of the film in its own unique way."

    "The popularity and universal appeal of 'Speed Racer' has engaged generations of loyal and enduring fans," said Jill Wilfert, Vice President, Partnership and Alliance Management for LEGO Group. "Combined with one of our most popular lines in LEGO Racers, 'Speed Racer' has become an awesome proposition for our business and consumers."

    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=41480
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    I'm going to have to take out a small loan to pay for all of this! Hot damn!

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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Speed Racer To Have Mobile Game

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    February 11, 2008

    Glu Mobile Inc. will publish a mobile game based on this summer’s expected blockbuster SPEED RACER in late April, they announced Monday.

    SPEED RACER, a live-action feature based on anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida’s television series, stars Emile Hirsch in the title role and Christina Ricci as Speed’s girlfriend Trixie.

    The mobile game will be the first title Glu will develop through its partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

    Glu will also publish additional mobile content like wallpapers, ringtones, animated screensavers, voice tones and ringbacks.

    SPEED RACER opens in the U.S. on May 9, the first film since THE MATRIX trilogy the Wachowskis have both directed and written.
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Wachowskis, WB 'Speed' back to Imax


    By Etan Vlessing
    The Hollywood Reporter
    March 5, 2008

    "Speed Racer"

    TORONTO -- The Wachowski brothers and Warner Bros. Pictures, whose "Matrix" films and "V for Vendetta" had runs on Imax screens, are reteaming with the giant-screen exhibitor for "Speed Racer."

    Imax said Tuesday that a digitally remastered version of the live-action anime adaptation will be simultaneously released to Imax and conventional theaters on May 9.

    Based on the Japanese series created by Tatsuo Yoshida, "Speed Racer" was written and directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski.
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...4a952deb8f5b68
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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Yahoo! Movies has the latest trailer:

    http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/spee...ml?showVideo=1

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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Thank you so much Mr. Yeti for posting that preview. You made my day!

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    Re: 'Speed Racer' May 2008

    Quote Originally Posted by Nancywitt View Post
    Thank you so much Mr. Yeti for posting that preview. You made my day!
    You're welcome.

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