Need For Speed Movie Coming In 2014
By George Denison on June 22nd, 2012 (10 comments)
Grab some popcorn and fasten your seatbelts, because EA's Need For Speed has been acquired by DreamWorks and a film has been announced, set for a 2014 release. Scott Waugh is said to be the director of the film, and it will be based on an original story developed by brothers George and John Gatins.
According to a press release, the film will be "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."
Steven Spielberg, the chairman of DreamWorks, has expressed his enthusiasm for the film, saying,
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. 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.
The track record for film adaptations of videogames is pretty shoddy, and considering that the Need for Speed franchise has never been able to pull off a decent plot, it's hard to see how this won't go down as another failure in the history of films based on videogames. Also, don't forget that Need for Speed: The Run tried to be a cinematic racing game and just wound up being a bit rubbish. I'm no cinephile, but I have the sneaking suspicion that Need for Speed: The Movie won't be the next Inception.
On the plus side, at least it isn't being directed by Uwe Boll.
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