Want to know how the world of the Death Race remake got its start? Yeah, me neither. Paul W.S. Anderson has a origins story in the works penned by Tony Giglio. Spoiler alert: it's about cars, and killing people with them. [Shock Till You Drop]
I gotta say, the fact that it bore almost no resemblance to the brilliant original helped me somewhat enjoy Death Race on it's own merits. And for any tired of rampant CG effects it used mostly practical car stunts with pretty good results. It was entertaining, if not dumb as a box of rocks.