Dreamworks was founded by three Hollywood titans as an independent studio with the aim of making good, and profitable, movies. That didn't happen. Now the Paramount-owned Dreamworks just wants to make money the Hollywood way: opportunistic copying. It is in talks with Electronic Arts to make a Need for Speed movie, perhaps because it wants its own Fast & Furious franchise, certainly because it is bankrupt of ideas. In either case, Dreamworks is not alone.

Word was that a deal should have been done already, but nothing has been announced. That deal is said to already have a script for the film written by George Gatins, whose borther wrote Real Steel. If the deal doesn't come off as planned, it's been said that other studios are waiting in line to chat with EA about the same thing.

If you want to a glimpse of a Hollywood vision of Need for Speed, Michael Bay did the trailer for Need for Speed: The Run last year. To extrapolate the movie, imagine that trailer being fifty times longer, fewer sound effects lifted from Transformers, actors who look like their in-game counterparts but can't act nearly as well, and explosions. And even more hot women. Scroll down for the vid.





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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Their games have been heading this direction for a while now so it doesn't really surprise me if they do make it into a movie. To me, the series started to peter out after High Stakes, and while I admit I did play Underground Racing 2 for a long while, it'll always be NFS II that I'll remember enjoying the most. Racing the himalayas in a Lotus Elise GT1? I don't think NFS series could ever be that awesome again.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having played many of the NFS games since NFS:SE, I feel compelled to watch this movie. However, the utter lack of a plot in the game and the inclusion of a one Michael Bay make me rather confident it will be a terrible movie. I played NFS Underground and it was fun, but it wasn't like the original NFS games -- and I like the earlier ones better. Hot Pursuit 1 was a blast.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, since they predominantly suck at making racing games currently, then they might as well make a movie. Underground, Most Wanted, and Hot Pursuit are among the few good ones that came out of NFS franchise's long life span. Hopefully the movie will be inspired by one of those.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        NFS: Hot Pursuit 2 (NFS 6) is my all time favorite NFS game. None of the others matched the quality of that game.
      Autoblogger
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm not gonna lie. I thought the original Fast and Furious, especially the 2nd one was kinda lame, but Fast Five was actually pretty good. The first three just went overboard on the ricers.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they were smart they're remake Gumball Rally and just rename it NFS. That movie's overdue for a modern remake anyway. Please, no more Fast 'n Furious. They were entertaining but it's gotten tired now.
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first mention of Michael Bay..........zzzzzzzz
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Script: Cars go fast. The end. Cost: $180M Revenue: $45M Net: Another Flop
      johnenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Right cast & good script & this could start another movie franchise,all you haters forget Hollywood works of nostalga & alot of todays gen grew up playing NFS.
      Botswana
      • 2 Years Ago
      Need for Speed: The Run was a sales flop and a critical failure getting at best mediocre reviews. A shame since the first racing "sim" game I ever played was Need for Speed III and absolutely loved it. That game probably single-handedly ignited my love of racing games and cars in general. I hate that the series has become such a drag and I keep giving it a shot but the Shift series was a huge disappointment and those were the last two games I played. The storyline of The Run was pretty uninspired and took itself way too seriously. I'd rather see a Cannonball Run remake then some new angsty action/drama with a bunch of Generation X aged stars trying to pass themselves off as Millenials/Generation Y. Side rant - As bad as NFS has gotten, why does Porsche still think EA is a good steward of their brand. You'd think they'd let that exclusivity deal drop. They must not pay attention to how poorly received the series is by the general public.
        JonathanBond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Botswana
        Most Wanted was the Best game they ever made. Everything after just fell apart. That's why I don't buy anything from EA no more. After the first few games, the rest is just crap
        Jordan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Botswana
        I agree that they have gone downhill as well. Most Wanted is the last one I played, but I think Hot Pursuit II for the PS2 is the last true NFS game. I also think it would be cool to have a Cannonball Run remake. As long as it's not made exactly the same as the original, and they don't make it dramatic or any crap like that, I think it could be pulled off pretty successfully.
        schattig84
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Botswana
        Actually, from what I understood, Porsche was against the idea total exclusivity with EA, and had tried to work around the deal to have Porsches in Forza 4 at release. Not sure about the details as to what happened, but now there will be a Porsche only download pack with over 30 cars coming out in May for Forza
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Fast and Furious franchise is practically just real life Need For Speed in movie form. Especially NFS Undercover (and to an extent Underground), which is all about a cop going undercover as a street racer to bust the big thugs... sounds already dangerously close to a certain Brian O'Connor in the first couple movies. When I was little, after watching most of 2 fast 2 furious, I was adament the movie was called Need For Speed. It might as well have been. Need For Speed has pretty much already been turned into a movie (to be precise, five movies), just under a different name. Sorry EA, Dreamworks, and Michael Bay. Missed the boat. There is opportunity though. Dont focus on the import tuner drifting street racing bad cop heist underworld aspect. As Waltzon suggested, a coast to coast race that actually happens with little forced cliche plot would be perfect. Of course, staging and filming a street race across the country would be incredibly dangerous and illegal, and it would still need tons of special effects (ie crash) and some sort of plot to make it a real NFS movie, however cool a cannonball/gumball rally documentary would be. Or take it off the street for once and base it around Shift, all track racing?
      NB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm gonna need some speed to get excited enough to watch this.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      It might be a good flick. Im still waiting for The Driver to come out. Also can't wait to see Rush.
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