DreamWorks has acquired the feature film rights to EA’s Need for Speed movie and plans to release it in 2014.
EA will produce the film with John Gatins and Mark Sourianmad, Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), Production will start early next year.
Brothers George and John Gatins (Real Steel, Coach Carter) developed the original story with George writing the screenplay. The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but not based on an individual game.
The big screen adaptation is described as “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.”
“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 DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg in the 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.”
“We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider [Dreamworks’ CEO] 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.”
Need for Speed franchise has sold more than 140 million units worldwide, generating an estimated $4 billion in revenue.
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