A Need for Speed movie is in the works. Dreamworks has acquired the movie rights to the franchise, and EA will produce along with John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is attached to direct, and the project will be fast-tracked at DreamWorks with a target production start date for early next year, for a 2014 release.
The film won't be based on a specific Need for Speed game, but is planned instead as a "fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise."
"I'm excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies," said Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Chairman. "This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O'Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods."
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"It's fantastic to be working with a team that shares not only our love of cars, but also our passion for creating blockbuster action experiences. This collaboration will be greatly enhanced with the team at DreamWorks -- which is a great home for the Need for Speed franchise," said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label. Added Pat O'Brien, Vice President of EA Entertainment: "Working with John and George to develop the script has truly been an outstanding experience."
I'm so torn on the idea of this movie. On the one hand, I'm a huge fan of 1970s car movies, but on the other, games based on video games are almost always terrible. I think it's a wise decision to not make the movie based on a specific game, though. Stories for video games and stories for movie are often two different things, so maybe this movie will actually be good. Let's hope it happens.