Thursday, May 31, 2007

Speed Racer's Mach 5 Race Car Revealed!

May 31, 2007
Source: USA Today
by Alex Billington

After much hype and only talk, the first photo revealing the Mach 5 from The Wachowski Brother's Speed Racer has hit, and it looks like a beauty! Revealed in USA Today as well as below here, the car is essentially rendered CGI, but not in a Shrek/Pixar way, as you can certainly see. Without any need for further introduction, here is Speed Racer's Mach 5 race car in all its full glory!

Speed Racer's Mach 5

Emile Hirsch, who stars as Speed Racer, commented on the car, saying that the Wachowski's hit it dead on.

“My first thought was, 'Yeah, they got the car right,’ " he says. “That's one of the best things about the show, so it was always going to be one of the most important parts of the movie."

In case you haven't been following very closely, we've been excited for this since they announced it, following its progression and casting announcements. According to producer Joel Silver, the film will, “be very bright, very family-friendly. And it will have great effects like The Matrix, just with the car."

One thing they're not going to do in CGI is Chim Chim the chimpanzee, the family pet. Just like the other actors, he'll be real, too. Speed Racer is still aiming for a May 9th, 2008 release, and I'm sure we'll see plenty of updates over the next year as the film is currently shooting in Germany as we speak.