Who’s got the need for speed? Apparently film studio DreamWorks does, as news has filtered onto the net they have fought of stiff competition from Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony to bring the popular racer to the big-screen. DreamWorks hopes to get the project moving quickly and have set a release window of 2014 for the film, with production starting early next year.
The director’s chair for the film goes to Scott Waugh, who recently directed Act of Valor, which many believe is as close to a Call of Duty movie as we will ever see. The script will be penned by brothers George and John Gatins who are known for robot boxing fest ‘Real Steel’, with the movie to focus on the entire series and not just one particular game.
A description from the official press releases described the game-to-film adaptation 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. In Need for Speed, the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat”. Uber-famous, DreamWorks Chairman, Steven Spielberg had his own thoughts about the collaboration with EA’s veteran racer:
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.
What will become very important for both Electronic Arts and DreamWorks is to stay clear of the elephant in the room that is the ‘Fast And The Furious film series, which has already released 5 films, all doing considerably well in the box-office. How they plan to give fans something different, we will have to wait and see. If you want to play your part in production for the film, head over to the Need for Speed Facebook page and let them know what cars you would like to see in the film.