We all know that movies based off of video games tend to not achieve the greatness of their counterparts. As I have said in the past, Super Mario Bros. The Movie has to be one of the worst things made to date.
Well none of that is stopping Dreamworks and Electronic Arts. It was announced today that Dreamworks has officially picked up the rights to make a Need For Speed movie due out in 2014.
Now we know what you might be thinking, "Will this movie be just like Fast & Furious?" Yeah, that remains to be seen. But for Scott Waugh, who is directing this movie, you better try to steer clear away from that. The Furious movies have their own type of flare that seems to work for them, especially as of late with the Fast Five movie. Nobody wants to see the same thing re-done, just now with a Need For Speed title slapped on it.
Brothers George and John Gatins are the ones behind this original story with George being the main one behind the screenplay. It seems that this new screenplay will be based on all of the games, but will be fresh and new. It will not be based on any single game, which is a bummer because I think the Underground and Most Wanted games had a pretty good storyline. We can all be grateful that they are not doing a story based on The Run.
Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Chairman
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.
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.
Stacey Snider, CEO and Co-Chair of DreamWorks
George, John and EA brought a very compelling story to us which we believe is going to make a fun, cool movie franchise.
With such a large following around the globe, we're excited to make a film that does justice to the popular underlying video game series.
Frank Gibeau, President of EA Labels
We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team.
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.
Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, EA Games Label
It's fantastic to be working with a team that shares not only our love of cars, but also our passion for creating blockbuster action experiences. This collaboration will be greatly enhanced with the team at DreamWorks which is a great home for the Need for Speed franchise.
The fact that this movie has Stevel Spielberg's involvement gives me a lot of hope for it. But then again, this is the same man that gave us Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
What would you do in a Need For Speed movie, if given the chance to direct?