Universal Pictures just pulled Death Race: Beyond Anarchy and the accompanying 4-movie collection from release. No new date was given, but a statement reads that it was a “strategic decision”.
Danny Trejo returns as the ruthless bookie, Goldberg, in Death Race: Beyond Anarchy. After a failed attack on inmate and legendary driver, Frankenstein, Black Ops specialist Connor Gibson (Zach McGowan, Black Sails) infiltrates a super-maximum federal prison with one goal - enter the immoral and illegal Death Race and take Frankenstein down. Connor enlists the help of Baltimore Bob (Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon) and Lists (Fred Koehler, American Horror Story), and unexpectedly falls in love with bartending beauty, Jane (Christine Marzano, Rules Don’t Apply). Connor will have to fight for more than his life in this brutal world of no guards, no rules, no track, and no fear.
The Death Race franchise launched in 1975, with a film that starred David Carradine and a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone. It was one of the dozens of campy genre films over the years to be produced by Roger Corman, who revived the franchise last year with Death Race 2050, a direct sequel to the 1975 original which starred Arrow's Manu Bennett.
In the meantime, 2008 saw a reboot of the franchise, followed by two sequels. Death Race: Beyond Anarchy will continue the plotline played out in those films, which were released in 2008, 2010, and 2013.