A couple of months ago we reported that EA was in the process of setting up a movie based on their popular Need for Speed video game franchise, and that several studios were circling the project. We now have an update on that front and it looks like things are shifting into high gear. According to THR, DreamWorks has landed the screen rights to the franchise, which is a little bit surprising considering that they weren’t even mentioned as a contender in the original article. However, it makes a little bit of sense because DreamWorks previously worked with screenwriter John Gatins on Real Steel and his directorial debut Dreamer. They have also hired Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct.
DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg had this to say about the project:
“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.”
He is, of course, referring to the fact that he collaborated with EA on some video games a few years back, specifically Boom Blox for the Nintendo Wii. Speaking of which, why aren’t we getting a Boom Blox movie as well??? In all seriousness, a Need for Speed movie could probably be a big hit, and if it does even half as well as Fast Five, they’ll be very happy indeed.
I have yet to see Act of Valor, but it looked like it was essentially a live action adaptation of Call of Duty (or at least it was marketed as such), so I suppose in a way Scott Waugh already has experience adapting video games for the big screen. He also did stunt work on Torque and The Italian Job (among others) so he seems to have the right background for this movie. They’re currently aiming for a 2014 release… are you looking forward to a Need for Speed movie?