DreamWorks Studios gets the film rights
A screenplay that is inspired by the Electronic Arts Need for Speed franchise is coming to the big screen. DreamWorks Studios has worked out a deal with EA that will see two films developed for the big screen that are inspired by the Need for Speed franchise.
While little is known about the actual screenplay, the file will not focus on any single Need for Speed title; instead, it is inspired by the franchise as a whole. The story was developed by George Gatins and his brother John, with George responsible for writing the actual screenplay. EA will be producing with John Gatins and Mark Sourain also producing.
The project is to be directed by Act of Valor director, Scott Waugh. The film is being fast tracked, with production slated to start in early 2013 for an expected release in 2014. The movie will be a fast-paced film that will revolve around the car culture of the ‘70s, but in spirit is to remain very faithful to the spirit of the Need for Speed franchise.
In other Need for Speed franchise news, EA has apparently tapped Criterion to quarterback the Need for Speed franchise going forward, with the studio taking on the responsibility of watching over all of the Need for Speed titles in the franchise. While Criterion will be developing at least some of the Need for Speed titles, it is also expected that it will produce other NFS titles that are developed in conjunction with other studios, according to whispers that we are hearing.
It is unknown if Black Box will be working on any NFS titles in the future. The last NFS title that was developed at Black Box was Need for Speed: The Run, which did not perform as well as the previous Criterion-developed title. Criterion is currently preparing Need for Speed Most Wanted, despite the fact that the EA has developed a title with the same name before; it is said to be more of a spiritual successor to Criterion’s Burnout Paradise, which never received its expected sequel.