DreamWorks Studios acquire ‘Need for Speed’ film rights

DreamWorks Studios have announced that they have acquired the feature film rights to EA’s games franchise, Need for Speed.

The original story was penned by brothers George and John Gatins, with George having now provided the film’s screenplay. Whilst it will be based upon the long-running series, it isn’t inspired by any particular game, and will be produced by EA, John Gatins and Mark Sourian.

This film adaptation will be “a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise”, and will be directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) with a target production start date for early next year headed for a 2014 release.

“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,” commented Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks’ Chairman.

“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, adds: “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.”

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