Need for Speed movie arriving February 7, 2014

DreamWorks Studios' full-length film based on Electronic Arts' racing series to be distributed by Disney; gets winter release date.

Last month, DreamWorks Studios announced it had picked up the film rights to Electronic Arts' flagship racing franchise Need for Speed, revealing that a movie based on the series wouldn't enter production until 2013. Despite that, according to Deadline, DreamWorks has announced a firm release date for the untitled film: February 7, 2014. Disney will distribute the film worldwide upon release.

Need for Speed zips to theaters in February 2014.

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, who's 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.

As for the gaming franchise, it too has a new installment on the way in the form of Criterion Games' Need for Speed Most Wanted, which is set for release on October 30.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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Discussion

105 comments
fexpro
fexpro

long time to wait for that :/ nothing to do here....

raev92
raev92

eeeh... isn't this already called "Fast and Furious"???

TacticaI
TacticaI

Okay tell me something to make me not think this is going to be your typical, typecast, spectacle of an action flick. I mean, I don't expect any oscar-nominees here, but video game movies have a track record of being, you know...not worth my money. 

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

starring von diesel,

vin diesel's clone from a another dimension.

NinjaHawk9000
NinjaHawk9000

NFS Movie Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson... oh, wait...

itchyflop
itchyflop

how about they make a decent nfs game 1st  instead of a vin diesel cop out. 

10V3n0M01
10V3n0M01

When did they announce a burnout with cops??!! oh...it's need for speed... -.- Need for speed is dead now, the name has no meaning anymore other than a synonym for Burnout. As for the movie, I'm more than happy as long as they don't go breaking the laws of physics with the stunts(Fast and Furious 5 anyone?).

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

i want to see Megan Fox in this movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tightwad34
tightwad34

I am definitely not going to see this, but I am curious to know if they are going to make it different than the Fast and Furious movies.

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

How is a game like this getting a movie, when Mass Effect and Halo is not?!

 

Those movies could be just what the sci-fi genre needs.

 

Like star wars.  Except more brutally realistic, but not horror.  A plot like saving private ryan.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

So we can expect a trailer Summer next year... I look forward to it

RZC88
RZC88

disney just ruin a good game ;like they did sands of time 

 

iblowuup
iblowuup

I never asked for this... Dues Ex movie has potential though ;)

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

They'll probably get some $$$ from the Fast And Furious crowd....never liked those movies but NFS Underground 2 and Most Wanted were awesome games I'm going to just skip this.....hopefully it won't make a lot so they won't do another......

At least Deus Ex and Assassin's Creed have good stories attached to them....

marcel842
marcel842

There is gonna be a assassins creed movie , a deus ex movie , a god of war movie , and now a need for speed movie, what's up with that'

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Diseny is not about mickey mouse anymore. They done some great jobs with thier licenses. Like Avengers movie.  

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

How about new Hot Pursuit which is one of the greatest Arcade racing games ever?

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

 @tightwad34

 They will, lovie. It's an animated Disney/Pixar movie. Meaning, no gratuitous nudity, drugs, graphic violence, and vulgar language. Just happy, safe, family fun! 

brad12d3
brad12d3

 @GOGOGOGURT Exactly what I was thinking. There is a lot better material out there than freakin street racing. I am sure it will be a decent flick, but come on Hollywood.. can we please see something from one of these other franchises that actually have deep interesting universes to explore? It baffles me that a Halo movie still hasn't been made. Even if it was terrible it would make them a ridiculous amount of cash. I just can't understand why something that would be a sure fire project would keep being put on the back burner.

 

We have got to get a Mass Effect movie also. Bioware has created an amazing and deep universe that would translate wonderfully to the silver screen. I work in the film industry and even I can't understand the Studios thinking sometimes.

King9999
King9999

 @iblowuup We never asked for a Battleship movie either, yet here we are...

jakybuddy
jakybuddy

 @MJ12-Conspiracy "hopefully it won't make a lot so they wont do another......"  

Why would you wish misfortune upon a project so prematurely?  It may be a great movie that deserves success, and you cast a childish judgment.  Give it a chance, jeez.

toshineon
toshineon

 @Bumblebee1138 Okay, TBH I quite liked Split/Second (which I believe was published by them), but overall I'm not really a fan of them. Can't explain it, I just simply don't like them.

itchyflop
itchyflop

 @Bumblebee1138 yeah had it, not for long though. Its fast but didn't have enough of variety. Don't get me wrong it looked great and had a distinct criterion (burnout) feel and look, i adored the burnout series, i should have maybe given it more time. To be fair after your comment i may have to re buy it, your right it probably is the best in the Nfs series so far, i meant the series had always been disappointing to me that one wasn't to bad however and it did look great :)

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

 @samantha_sneez then damn it i want to see animated megan fox!!!!!!!there will be fox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brad12d3
brad12d3

 @playniko69  @GOGOGOGURT Your right, which is why we get so many remakes because stories like Total Recall, Judge Dredd, etc.. already have an established fan base. However, so does Halo and Mass Effect.

 

Halo or Mass Effect film would cost a lot of money, but both franchises have a large enough fan base that these films would probably make their money back pretty fast.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

 @jakybuddy  Why? because it's a game adaptation....

It shouldn't be made, NFS sucks anymore EA should bench the franchise but they are too stupid to do that so they'll have a movie made so they'll have something to rally behind when the next NFS comes out......

Sorry but there's a ton of other films that deserve to be made over this....I'd rather see a film based on Tetris than this.....just saying. Borderlands, Bioshock, System Shock, Syndicate, Mirror's Edge, Jade Empire, Mass Effect, Half Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead and more are all worthy of being made into films but all of them have very hardcore fans who would rather not see the games ruined by a bad movie which is what Hollywood always gives us when they do a game adaptation....I could count the good ones on one hand.....

samantha_sneez
samantha_sneez

Excuse me, where does it say anyone hating anything? I don't see the word "hate" anywhere, except you, Bumblebee.

toshineon
toshineon

 @Bumblebee1138 Hate is a strong word, I'd rather call it strongly disliking. I'm not saying everyone else should, each to his own, right?

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Hating without a reason? OK Now that IS a problem.

itchyflop
itchyflop

i look forward to seeing how it fairs on the vita, will it be the same as above ???

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

That IS the game I speaking of. Didn't you notice the phrase "new" before hot pursuit?

playniko69
playniko69

 @brad12d3  @GOGOGOGURT but then again, it's super easy to screw up a halo or mass effect movie. Considering that you have to appeal to both gamers and non-gamers...otherwise the producers would hesitate to make the movies posible...which is a real bitch...again. Take Amazing Spiderman for example, you can tell most haters are the ones that never even read the comics (and think that San Raimi's version was the real spiderman) I blame the people who blindly hate things. 

jakybuddy
jakybuddy

 @MJ12-Conspiracy 

EA is too stupid to bench NFS?  Why would you stop development of a franchise that continues to make you money?  Its not stupid to continue making something that people are buying, its called supply and demand.