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If you had one quarter for every video game that found its way to the big screen, you'd have enough coin to keep yourself very busy at the arcade. Well, to that ever growing list of games-to-films it looks like you can now add EA's 'Need for Speed.' Dreamworks is in talks to pick up the film rights to the racing game series, billed as the most successful game franchise in the world, which saw its first entry released in 1994. The story for the movie version of 'Need for Speed' is being developed by John and George Gatins (John having penned the screenplay for 'Real Steel' while George has produced films such as 'She's Out of My League'). While the deal is not finalized, more and more funding for this project is rolling in. The 'Need for Speed' movie does not currently have anyone lined up to direct nor a proposed start date for production.
The immediate thought I'm sure most of you are having is that the 'Need for Speed' games were not exactly heavy on plot. They may have slapped a backstory on you from time to time, but mainly these games exist to let players drive like maniacs and either run from police or pursue criminals as police (depending on which entry you played). So why make a movie based a game composed largely of free roam driving and smash-em-up races? While I agree that there is nothing inherently film-worthy about the 'Need for Speed' game series, I'm kind of a sucker for racing movies so I'm at least a little intrigued by this. My only hope is that they rely more on practical driving stunts as opposed to CG. I don't think any of us want an entire movie that looks like that awful cave race in 'Fast & Furious.' That's my feeling, what do you guys think?
Any die hard 'Need for Speed' fans out there think this could work? What are your concerns? Who would like to see direct?