EA Hawk Need for Speed Movie Adaptation Around Hollywood
Written Friday, April 13, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Want to see a Need for Speed movie? Nah, me either. But it looks like we might get one anyway. 

Variety is reporting that Real Steel producer John Gatins has developed a concept for the film. EA would co-produce the project, while John's brother George Gatins would help write the script. 

George Gatins’ previous credits include a producer role on the short film, “My Wife is Retarded.”

The pitch is making its way around Hollywood at the moment. So far Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. have indicated interest. A “low-seven figure range” bidding war is expected.

The Need for Speed series is big business for EA, generating over $100 million for the publisher. Presumably it’s that which makes a potential movie viable. It certainly isn’t the franchise’s overarching narrative because... well, there isn’t one.

Indeed, the series’ most cinematic effort to date, Need for Speed: The Run, was decidedly mediocre. 

Reportedly, in order to grease the wheels of the deal a little, EA are pitching the movie as the beginning of a The Fast and the Furious-style series of films.


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Comment #1 by Blowy McPot
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 04:27:32 AM
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After Battleship, nothing baffles me anymore from Hollywood ...

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Comment #2 by jamie9000000
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 04:33:33 AM
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Just as long as It's not directed by Uwe Boll

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Comment #3 by maddodd1882
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 04:46:23 AM
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There are sooo many games that if they have to rip em off they would be fantastic, but they always go for ones that arent exactly great (storywise) and lets face it this will just seem like a 'fast and furious' sequel, we need storys we've never seen before not ripoffs of games, unless its exceptionally different and worth making like say 'mass effect' but it would be destroyed like 'max payne' although i kinda liked it its nothing like what it could have been. Maybe one day hollywood will realise they can be done well but its not going to be this game.

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Comment #4 by AndyBeans
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 04:57:01 AM
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If EA really wanted to do something productive with the NfS IP they should make Underground 3. Every game after Underground 2 has been a bit pants IMO; Most Wanted had too many cop chases, Undercover had major rendering problems, Prostreet and the Shift games are just mediocre track sims and The Run was Outrun with an avalanche level (once you played the demo there was no point buying the game).

I'm not trying to troll, but EA should either do Underground 3 or let the franchise die.

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Comment #5 by Bounty V
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 05:20:00 AM
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@ Comment #1, more like after Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter

I agree with Comment #4, NFSU 3 would be the only NFS game I would ever buy in the future. NFS Shift 2 was a horrible game, so horrible that I didn't get past the first race. NFS just doesn't 'cut it' anymore >_>

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Comment #6 by DMCV
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 05:37:16 AM
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Seems a bit pointless considering the games plots and mostly self contained.

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Comment #7 by Postremo
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 06:13:24 AM
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I agree, it's probably not gonna make a masterpiece of a film BUT Battleship wasn't all that bad it was entertaining at least, hopefully NFS film will be the same or batter.

I would love to see a NFS Underground 3 but there's obviously not enough chatter or demand for it and EA won't/can't leave this franchise behind because along with FIFA it makes too much money for them.

The way I see it companies need franchises like NFS to way for other games they do. Its a good money maker.

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Comment #8 by GREEBALISHES
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 06:31:52 AM
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I agree with most people Underground 3 would be great along with Undercover 2 as I really enjoyed the first. Most Wanted 2 and Carbon 2 would also make me happy. The NFS games were all about tuning and street racing but now it's all changed and got bored really quick.

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Comment #9 by Blowy McPot
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 06:57:38 AM
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@ Bounty V: 0____0 Abraham wat?

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Comment #10 by weephilymcvey
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 07:27:17 AM
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Well i really enjoy the fast and furious movies (mainly cuz im into cars) but i cant c a NFS series rivaling these movies, not much room for an original story

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Comment #11 by Chrissycooza1
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 08:52:49 AM
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na NFS is a game never movie material I remember NFS Undercover the acting in the video scenes was terrible, dudes pretending to be badasses its like, yeah.. very good, you want a race then? LOL
Fast and the Furious is plenty I remember seeing a bluray called 'Redline' which was a Tesco Exclusive for £5 and it looked like a cheap Fast and Furious I cant see NFS being any better

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Comment #12 by Kaero
Friday, April 13, 2012 @ 09:16:53 PM
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I honestly think NFS: The Run would make a decent movie if they had good actors. It reminds me of the plot of this TV show I watched and liked that was canceled; an illegal cross country race between random people for a cash prize. Wasn't even racers, had a father daughter duo in there and a guy who ignored his military service and was being court martialed. Had potential.

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Comment #13 by Irish Pub Boxing
Sunday, April 15, 2012 @ 09:03:06 PM
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All they're doing is taking a big gaming franchise name like "Need For Speed" and making a movie about it. It will have absolutley nothing to do with the franchise (I can forsee this being a Fast & The Furious rip off), kind of like the "Max Payne" movie, other then the name, it had nothing to do with the game itself, which was really disappointing

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