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Need for Speed movie in the works
DreamWorks Studios picks up film project from EA
Posted by Alex 'SpectralShock' V on Jun 22, 2012 - 10:10am EST (336 days ago)
DreamWorks Studios has acquired the feature film rights to EA’s popular game franchise, Need for Speed.
Brothers George and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the feature’s screenplay. The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but is not based on an individual game. 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.
The adaptation promises a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise.
“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,” said Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Chairman. “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.”
Since the release of the first title, the Need for Speed series has sold more than 140 million units worldwide, generating an estimated $4 billion in retail revenue, making it one of the biggest franchises in video gaming.
The next title in the franchise, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is set for release in October in PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.