Need for Speed Movie Sequel in the Works

EA and Chinese film companies moving forward on a sequel to last year's racing-action movie.

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According to a report today from Hollywood news publication Variety, a sequel to 2014's Need for Speed movie starring Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul is revving up. The movie was not very well-received, though it was quite successful at the box office, generating $203 million against a $66 million budget.

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The sequel, which is still in the planning stages, is apparently entering production with Electronic Arts and Chinese media companies China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises, and 1905 Pictures.

Variety points out that these companies cannot move forward with Need for Speed 2 until they are able to obtain the film rights. Shrek studio DreamWorks was behind the first Need for Speed movie and currently owns the film rights. Talks between the Chinese movie companies and DreamWorks "have not yet begun," Variety says.

Still, China Movie Channel chairman Yin Cao said he's optimistic that movie will happen and that some scenes will be filmed in China, using more "Chinese talent and elements" than the first film.

“We are excited to work with EA, one of the world's most recognized creative companies," Cao said. “We are also delighted that much of Need for Speed 2 would be filmed in China, and we believe it will include much more Chinese talent and elements."

I watched the Need for Speed movie last year and found that it was both great and terrible.

In addition to Paul, the movie featured acclaimed actor Michael Keaton, Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson, and Warcraft's Dominic Cooper. Need for Speed was directed by stunt expert Scott Waugh and originally hit theaters in March 2014.

There's no word yet on a director, cast, or release date for the sequel. An EA representative declined to share any further details about the project.

The next Need for Speed game, currently in development at Ghost Games in Sweden, is due to launch later this year. 2014 was the first year without a new, core Need for Speed title release in over a decade.

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