“Speed Racer’s” Demon Wheels

Dang it if the Wachowski Bros. didn’t just stick the landing on the design of the Mach 5. It looks exactly like you’d want it to look. I want to drive this thing right now!

USA Today got the scoop along with some interesting quotes from the film’s star, Emile Hirsch, who is currently in Germany gearing up for the shoot.

“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.”

A car that will not see much time on pavement. The Mach 5 will be placed on a crane and most effects will be computer-generated.

One real effect, though: Chim Chim.

“They’re using a real monkey,” Hirsch says. “Just don’t call him that. He’s a chimpanzee. He gets upset if you call him a monkey.”

Producer Joel Silver also indicated that the Wachowski Bros. are keeping with Speed Racer’s free-thinking rubber burning rebel ways.

“The TV show was the brothers’ introduction to Japanese animation,” says Joel Silver, a friend of the press-shy Wachowskis and producer of Racer and the Matrix films. “They fell in love with the genre. They said they’d been making R-rated movies their whole lives and wanted to do something their nephews and nieces could watch.”

The film, Silver says, will have a “retro future” look and will center on Speed (Hirsch) trying to make a name for himself in the racing world despite the efforts of corporate giants to foil his career. The film also stars Christina Ricci as girlfriend Trixie and Matthew Fox as Speed’s older brother, Racer X.

Great stuff all around. This is developing into yet another must movie in 2008.

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