Friday, June 22, 2012

Guess what game series is getting a movie?

The latest series of games to make the transition to the big screen Dreamworks picks up EA's Need for Speed.

The eventual adaptation is set to be a general translation and won't actually be based on a specific installment of the popular racing game.
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 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. 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.” 
If Spielberg's really into the property (and not just giving a little lip service) then I'm interested. As a big fan of the director, I'd love to see him involved in some way with Need for Speed. There hasn't really been a good car chase movie in years, after all, and if it took a 'name' to get one back into theaters then so be it.

More as it comes in...