Wachowskis' 'Speed' Races Up Two Weeks


It hasn't started shooting, much less found a cast, but Larry and Andy Wachowski's adaptation of the classic Japanese cartoon "Speed Racer" is already moving up its release date.

Warner Bros. has decided to move the "Speed Racer" feature up two weeks to Friday, May 9, 2007. In addition to the domestic rescheduling, "Speed Racer" has also been set to open day-and-date around the world.

"Opening 'Speed Racer' day-and-date with the U.S. in most international markets will not only allow audiences to see the film early but will maximize business before the start of the European Soccer Championships," Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, the studio's president of international distribution, tells Variety.

And of course it's just a total coincidence that moving "Speed Racer" up two weeks happens to also give it a two-week lead on Paramount's highly anticipated "Indiana Jones and the Quest for Profit" (not the official title). That presumptive blockbuster decided to move into the Memorial Day weekend last month.

Instead of facing off with "Indy IV," "Speed Racer" will now go up against the second week of Paramount's "Iron Man" and will already be in theaters for a week before Disney opens "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

"Speed Racer" -- or rather "Mach Go Go Go" -- premiered as an anime series in Japan in 1967, created by Tatsuo Yoshida. American audiences fell in love with the quirky dubbing and catchy theme song. The cartoon's story (such as it is) centers on a teenaged Speed Racer who encounters intrigue and danger on his road to racing glory. He is aided by parents Mom and Pops Racer, girlfriend Trixie, little brother Spritle, his monkey Chim Chim and the mechanic Sparky.

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