‘Need For Speed’ Movie Picked Up By DreamWorks

DreamWorks has got a need. A need for a “Need For Speed” movie.

The studio has announced that they’re going to be adapting the popular video game franchise into a feature length filmed with “Act of Valor” director Scott Waugh at the helm.

Screenwriting brothers George and John Gatins have come up with an original premise based on the EA series’ tried-and-true gaming formula and are going to pen the script. Apparently the flick is being fast-tracked at Dreamworks and is being planned for a 2014 release date. Oh, and Steven Spielberg is pumped about the idea.

“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,” he said in a press release. “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.”

“Need For Speed” is a well-known title in pop culture, but it’s not a franchise that’s especially known for its story. We’re hoping this flick will be along the lines of “The Fast and the Furious” series, with the emphasis on cool cars and crazy driving stunts over plot, characters or anything else. Of course, those elements would be an added bonus, but “Need For Speed” is a series that’s perfect for a big blockbuster action flick. We hope DreamWorks doesn’t try to make it anything but that.

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