DreamWorks has acquired the feature film rights to EA’s Need for Speed franchise and has fast-tracked the project for a 2014 release.
EA will produce the film along with John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Scott Waugh will direct, and production is set to start early next year. The film will be based off an original story and is not connected to any of the games.
The film is described 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.”
“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 DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg. “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.”
EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau added, “We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team. They are the perfect partner to take Need for Speed to the big screen by creating the exciting action film that we have always envisioned.”
I’m a massive fan of the Fast and Furious films and I expect this to be along the same lines, which makes me very excited. With the power of DreamWorks behind it this could be one video game adaptation that’s actually worth watching.