Death Race Trailer - Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Jason Statham, Ian McShane, Tyrese Gibson, Max Ryan, Jacob Vargas. Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the US penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport. Adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for violence and a spectacular, enclosed arena come together to form the 'Death Race', the biggest, most brutal event.