Need for Speed movie coming from DreamWorks

EA has sold the film rights to Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks

Electronic Arts and DreamWorks have announced that the film rights for the Need for Speed franchise have been acquired by DreamWorks. The film will be written by George Gatins based on an original story by him and his brother Johns. John Gatins previously wrote Real Steel, while George was an executive producer on the comedy She's Out of My League.

"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."

"We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team," said Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels. "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."

EA will produce the film alongside John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Act of Valor director Scott Waugh is attached to direct, with a planned 2014 release date.

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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 9 years ago

I'd rather (re)watch the Fast and Furious franchise, to be honest.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 9 years ago
Double meh, but I'm setting my cable box for about six months from summer 2014 now (give or take a month). What, they're going to make a tie-in game, too? I bet if that's the case, it'll be a launch window next-gen title for Microsoft and Sony with a Wii U version hitting at the same time...
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 9 years ago
Hopefully if Criterion really do have creative control over the game side of the franchise a movie tie-in will either not happen or be really good.

I all honesty I'd rather they be allowed to revisit Burnout though. Or at least EA give us an HD Collection of Burnout 2 & 3!
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Brian Smith Artist 9 years ago
It's just a name. It doesn't have any likeable consistent characters, vehicles or locations. I'm a fan of the games but is this what we've come to. I guess when we end up with multiple spider-man origin stories and the n-teenth Batman film we must be running out of ideas. I know, lets get that Tetris movie on the go.
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