DreamWorks to Make Need for Speed Movie
It’s rare to see a Hollywood blockbuster based on a video game that doesn’t turn out to be a steaming pile of monkey feces, but I’m still for any endeavor that seeks to further integrate the video game industry into pop culture. DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to EA’s Need for Speed franchise.
The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series as a whole rather than on a specific game in the franchise. 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.
According to the press release,
The film adaptation 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. In Need for Speed, the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat.
Now, I thought a Need for Speed movie already existed… No, wait. That’s the Fast and the Furious. I’m sure they will be very, very different movies.