Video game to movie titles have never been the best in Hollywood, with the infamous Super Mario Bros. being one of the worst video game movies in history. While others have tried to stray away from being directly related to a video game with more ambiguous plots like Resident Evil or Silent Hill, they just aren't successful for today's gamers.
It seems DreamWorks thinks otherwise, with news that the studio has picked up feature film rights for EA's Need for Speed series, with the intention of starting production early next year.
Brothers George and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the featureâ€™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.
While there are a few movies out now with similar aspects to the Need for Speed series (read: anything with Vin Diesel), what DreamWorks will be able to do is going to be quite interesting for any racing genre enthusiasts.
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