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Back in April it was reported that Dreamworks had scored the movie rights to EA's popular video franchise 'Need for Speed,' said to be one the most successful in the world. The script for the film version of 'Need For Speed,' would be penned by John and George Gatins who also brought us the screenplay for Shawn Levy's 'Real Steel.' So we know the movie will star a fleet of souped-up, super fast autos, but what about the human component? According to one source, Dreamworks is looking to Taylor Kitsch ('John Carter') for the lead role in the movie. No official offer has been extended, but Kitsch is said to be the frontrunner for the part. Kitsch has been quite busy this year, seeing not only 'John Carter' released, but 'Battleship' and Oliver Stone's 'Savages' as well.
Wow, an adapted property starring Taylor Kitsch? So Dreamworks wants this thing to fail right out of the gate? The guy's track record this year is so abysmal as to make me skeptical of the validity of this news story. Why would any studio be willing to gamble on someone who proved to be such an unreliable box office draw twice in one year? I mean no disrespect to Kitsch, but it's not exaggeration to say that both 'John Carter' and 'Battleship' failed to meet studio expectations; not to mention the latter being a floating pile of garbage. To be fair, I must say my faith in Kitsch was restored in 'Savages,' in which he turns in an intense and yet still undeniably human performance. However, I think the worst thing he could do right now is take on another big studio cash-grab like 'Need for Speed.'
What do you guys think? Would Dreamworks really offer this role to Kitsch? Would you want them to?