Before “The Fast and the Furious” franchise became a box office juggernaut with nearly $US4 billion earned at the worldwide box office, producer Neal Moritz struggled to settle on a title. According to an interview Moritz, titles like “Racer X,” “Street Wars,” and “Redline” were being considered before he was reminded of a 1955 B-movie about race car drivers.
Business Insider recently sat down with B-movie king Roger Corman at his office in Los Angeles to talk about his most recent project, “Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050,” a sequel to the cult hit “Death Race 2000,” which Corman produced in 1975.
Corman recounted the story of how Moritz approached him about appropriating the title, and the unusual request that Corman made in return.
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