It’s confirmed: Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will make his big studio break with Need for Speed, DreamWorks’ racing-based foray into the world of video game films. Right when the initial rumors kicked off, most of us figured he would take the job — Lord knows a Steven Spielberg-backed actioner can be a big career boost — so, really, there’s no surprise here.
In terms of newer updates, THR says the studio will get down to shooting Speed next year and, naturally, release it sometime in 2014. George Gatins is writing the script, which has an outline generated by he and his brother, John (Real Steel); right now, it’s only said that Need for Speed will take its narrative cues from “the entire series rather than one of the individual games.” My limited, long-ago experience with the games dont’t raise memories of any solid (much less conceivable) story, though Spielberg feels this “seems to have been made for the movies.”
There you have it. A Need for Speed movie needs to do quite a good deal if it simply wants to separate itself from the Fast and Furious franchise — something those behind the production have already said they want to emulate — but I’d love to have my own skepticism shut down with a solid, entertaining racer. Considering this project’s very nature, that’s not a whole lot to ask for in the first place.
Is it possible Need for Speed ends up being a solid time at the movies?
Hitting theaters in wide release this weekend is John Wick, a film I fell for at Fantastic Fest and I’ve since revisited. The actioner, from first-time filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, follows Keanu Reeves’ title character who left behind a life as a hitman for Russian mobsters to settle down for a quiet life with […]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, editor Nick Newman, writer Danny King, and I discuss Alex Ross Perry‘s Listen Up Philip, which is now in limited release and available on VOD. After that, we take a look at the films coming to theaters and home video in […]
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
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