After over twenty sequels and spin-offs, the Need for Speed series is getting the movie treatment from DreamWorks, Gamasutra reports. Months after rumors surfaced, it is confirmed DreamWorks Studios has acquired the film rights and will release a movie in 2014.
Gamasutra writes that George (She’s Out of My League) and John Gatins (Real Steel) are developing an original story for the film with a screenplay based on the NFS series, and Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct. The movie is said to capture the spirit of the video game franchise while rooting itself in the tradition of car culture films of the 70s.
This one is not so strange when considering the Hollywood treatment Need for Speed the Run received. Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and Sean Faris (Ghost Machine and Never Back Down) lent their voices and likenesses to the game. Transformers director Michael Bay worked on The Run’s TV commercial.
Will Need for Speed the Movie end up like most video game movie adaptions (crap)? Fingers crossed our next-gen games translate better to film than their younger-gen counterparts.