Need for Speed film rights go to DreamWorks

Big-screen adaptation of racing franchise set for 2014 release; Act of Valor director attached, with executive producer of She's Out of My League writing the screenplay.

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Need for Speed will soon powerslide its way into movie theaters, as Electronic Arts and DreamWorks Studios today announced a partnership that gives the production company film rights to the long-running racing franchise.

Need for Speed has had cinematic aspirations for a while now.

Planned for a 2014 debut, the Need for Speed film is being described by EA 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." The project will not be based on any single game in the series.

Directing the film will be Scott Waugh, best known for helming Act of Valor, a military movie starring active-duty US Navy SEALs. Possibly more relevant to the Need for Speed project will be Waugh's experience on stunt crews for dozens of films, including Torque, The Italian Job, and Biker Boyz. Waugh will be filming a screenplay penned by George Gatins, the executive producer of DreamWorks' 2010 comedy She's Out of My League. Gatins developed the Need for Speed film's story with his brother John, who is producing the film and also wrote the scripts for Real Steel and the upcoming Flight.

Production on the film is expected to start in early 2013. As for the gaming franchise, it has a new installment in the works, as Criterion Games' Need for Speed Most Wanted is set for release October 30.

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blackjoker86
blackjoker86

ok there sells have been dropping now the really want to put the nail in the coffin, atleast make a lil internet video to see if people would be interested these game to movie/ movie to game bits aren't working and there still trying f*&%ing hollywood running out of ideas

Daniel6792
Daniel6792

It will probably end up with guns and explosions and about 5 minutes worth of racing like The fast and furious series did.

Could they not have found some better people to work on this movie?? 

Act of valor?? seriously that movie sucked balls, okay it did not suck balls but it was so mediocre. 

This is going to be just another game movie wich will be done and forgotten ...

They should have sold it to Warner Brothers instead!

thphaca
thphaca

Need for S'ferious 4: Death Valley Drag!

 

Lol. NFS was never that great with the story-telling element. To have filmmakers associated with Act of Valor and She's Out of My League working on an NFS movie.. meh.

dom28
dom28

lol what in the heck is th epoint of a nfs film. We already have fast and furioius itll just be the same except a ripoff piece of crap.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

when i think of a movie version of this, the movie the fast and the furious pops into my head for some reason. :/

estasi
estasi

Gee, this movie won't be crappy at all I'm sure... /sarcasm

Topracer01
Topracer01

yea that's what we need now. another 2hrs or so watching cars race down city streets lol as if we don't have enough already

shanethewolf
shanethewolf

NFS film - it's gonna be crap. End of story.

NuclearFlower
NuclearFlower

>NFS Film

 

>Writer from She's Out of My League

 

>Director from Act of Valor

 

Oh lawdy this is going to be hilariously bad.

 

 

the_silver_wolf
the_silver_wolf

Finally, one of my favorite game going to big screen... Hope next will be MGS, Halo, AC, GOW etc...

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

erm ok might be worth a watch although a lot will depend on the cast I suspect!

Elann2008
Elann2008

First, I was all smiles.  Then I read: "Film attached to Act of Valor director."  Hope is lost.

---Cipher---
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Need for speed:5fast12furious:were running out of ways to remake the same bad movie. Or; how we learned to stop caring and love mediocrity.

kisado87
kisado87

It's really because Hollywood is sick of the Fast and Furious. They need to give it a new name. Here it is. More garbage.

awwitz
awwitz

I hope the film will be good. Because someday, the king of racing and fast-car movies will have another sequel: The Fast and the Furious franchise!

 

Decessus
Decessus

Because when I think of great storytelling, the first game that pops into my mind is Need for Speed.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Ahh man why don't they just burn the money now instead of pissing it away on this flop same result :P

SaintWalrus
SaintWalrus

I don't think Dreamworks will be able to compete with the cinematic masterpiece that is, the fast and the furious franchise.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

How come they almost never go after the games we actually want made into films? Resident Evil is proof that, if done right, video games can be great for movies. Bring on Halo or Gears of War.

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

Acceptable name for a game, corny name for a movie. Watch this tank.

NTM23
NTM23

It's not hard to see where that film would be headed; not interested.

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

Seriously guys??!! Criticise a movie that won't be out until 2014 and even comparing to current movies??!! I don't like EA, but I will definitely won't say anything about the movie just yet.

speed45823
speed45823

Turns out, in the movie, Razor is a cop!!!!!!! OMG!!!

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

The Fast and The Furious will finally have a rival?

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

Already have our need for speed film fix, and its called The Fast and Furious franchise. Also Fast 6 and 7 are getting made, with possibility a spin off for the Rocks character from Fast 5. Do EA really think they will go toe-2-toe with a Triple A film franchise with A listers, vs their own film with most likely b-movie actors in it lol

 

EA just being EnormousA**holes again lol 

 

ezjohny
ezjohny

we will have to see how this gos.

blackjoker86
blackjoker86

i would really like to know how are they gonna pull this off fast and furious is coming out 2013 and 2015 so yea i would really like to see how this is gonna end up

sodiumpentathol
sodiumpentathol

Ooohh.. it will be a fast and furious movie but without any story at all. Just watching 90 mins of endless, speedy driving. Yeah.. so much better than doing the driving yourself... Seriously from which genius mutated these bizar ideas?

sukki1np664
sukki1np664

Not going to judge until it actually comes out 

poeticas
poeticas

anyone know why are they releasing most wanted again ? :D

JumpoffjoeyP
JumpoffjoeyP

 @DeFiLeDTitan

 haha resident evil is proof of what? those r the corniest f'n movies I've ever seen... entertaining due to the effects but straight doodie as a movie... i highly doubt im alone when i say that as well

 

shanethewolf
shanethewolf

 @Khoo1992 it's just about following a pattern. After seeing 100s of game to movie adaptations, and seeing all of them flop in a shameful way, it's a safe guess to assume this will be no different.

 

It's all about marketing. Put a familiar name to a generic movie and people will rush to see it. They make their money regardless of whether the film is good or bad, so why would they make any effort with it?

Elann2008
Elann2008

 @Khoo1992 

You must have not watched "Act of Valor" have you?  Well, I guess that makes you better than me.  Shame on me.  That movie was horrible.

Krauklis
Krauklis

 @poeticas The same reason they did Hot pursuit for the third time and did not even bother to mention it. Money and consoles. The franchise has been going down hill since NFS4 and  NFS:P 

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

 @JumpoffjoeyP they make plenty of money so somebody agrees with me. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it's not a good movie. I hate Gone With The Wind but that doesn't mean it's not a great movie. And just so you don't think I'm comparing the two films, my point is that as long as it makes money and entertains a lot of people, it's good

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

 @Krauklis Both Hot Pursuit and Most wanted are created to bring back the old games we knew and love. Criterions already done a great job with Hot Pursuit. So I have a good faith on them with this also.

DeFiLeDTitan
DeFiLeDTitan

 @JumpoffjoeyP entertainment is all I care about in movies. As far as I'm concerned, Arnold or Bruce Willis are just as good as anyone to be on the big screen. And they must be doing something right because they've made 4 of them, and a 5th is coming soon I believe

JumpoffjoeyP
JumpoffjoeyP

 @DeFiLeDTitan

 Resident evil didnt make very much money >_>

fair enuff some ppl do like it ill agree...

mostly from the younger crowds or die hard res evil geek fans... i love the series.. once again i did say they were entertaining... but still corny