It's a remake of Roger Corman's 1975 classic, Death Race 2000, which starred Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine. The original featured a cross-country car race of the future in which pedestrians were run down for points.
"This is even more violent," said McShane. "This is set in the future, it's like NASCAR to the death inside prison. On TV. And I play the guy who runs the race, coaches the racers, from inside prison. It's a lot of fun."
The movie, which takes place in the year 2020, also stars Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson and Joan Allen. It is scheduled for a September 26, 2008 release.