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Need for Speed Set to Become a Movie for Some Reason

Will this movie finally tell the tale of Razor Callahan the way it was meant to be told? Probably not, but we can dream.

Because apparently somebody at Dreamworks got the wild hair up their ass that they needed their own movie franchise to compete with the Fast and the Furious series, Deadline is now reporting that the studio is on the verge of brokering a deal with EA for the rights to Need for Speed franchise.

The deal isn't done, but Deadline says that Dreamworks is in "pole position"--no, seriously, they actually wrote those words down and published them--to land the deal. The movie will come courtesy of John and George Gatins, the writer of Real Steel and the producer of She's Out of My League, respectively. Though this time, they apparently will be going with George as writer, and John as producer. So, this should go well.

Given that Need for Speed is something of a nebulous franchise, narratively speaking, one could be forgiven for wondering where, exactly, the hell anyone plans to pull a story out of a series that's covered everything from gritty, urban street racing to gritty, urban Cannonball Run. SlashFilm posits that perhaps Dreamworks is just buying the name for brand cachet, and plans to craft its own specific narrative. That sounds likely and reasonable, but instead I'm going to get my hopes unrealistically up and demand that this be the two hour docudrama on the life of Razor Callahan I've been secretly hoping and praying for ever since I was first informed that Razor Callahan was a thing that existed.

C'mon, this movie practically writes itself. Specifically, it wrote itself back in 2001 and was called The Fast and the Furious.

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Posted by alex

Because apparently somebody at Dreamworks got the wild hair up their ass that they needed their own movie franchise to compete with the Fast and the Furious series, Deadline is now reporting that the studio is on the verge of brokering a deal with EA for the rights to Need for Speed franchise.

The deal isn't done, but Deadline says that Dreamworks is in "pole position"--no, seriously, they actually wrote those words down and published them--to land the deal. The movie will come courtesy of John and George Gatins, the writer of Real Steel and the producer of She's Out of My League, respectively. Though this time, they apparently will be going with George as writer, and John as producer. So, this should go well.

Given that Need for Speed is something of a nebulous franchise, narratively speaking, one could be forgiven for wondering where, exactly, the hell anyone plans to pull a story out of a series that's covered everything from gritty, urban street racing to gritty, urban Cannonball Run. SlashFilm posits that perhaps Dreamworks is just buying the name for brand cachet, and plans to craft its own specific narrative. That sounds likely and reasonable, but instead I'm going to get my hopes unrealistically up and demand that this be the two hour docudrama on the life of Razor Callahan I've been secretly hoping and praying for ever since I was first informed that Razor Callahan was a thing that existed.

C'mon, this movie practically writes itself. Specifically, it wrote itself back in 2001 and was called The Fast and the Furious.

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Edited by Xeirus

Woot, without even trying!

Now my life has meaning

Edit: That video at the end had me cracking up, I haven't played a NFS is a while, is that really what they have come down to?

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Posted by AuthenticM

We already have this movie. It's called The Fast And The Furious.

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Posted by Napalm

"For some reason"? Goddamn it, Alex! Mix up your fucking syntax! Fuck!

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Posted by Xeirus

@AuthenticM said:

We already have this movie. It's called The Fast And The Furious.

Yes and he states that in the first two setences

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Posted by BlatantNinja23

ewwwww

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Posted by alex

@Napalm: I haven't used "for some reason" in a headline in months. MONTHS.

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Edited by Xeirus

@Alex said:

@Napalm: I haven't used "for some reason" in a headline in months. MONTHS.

Here's a tip Alex, ignore him, it's his nap time

Edit: Also, I feel like "for some reason" is extremely appropriate here.

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Posted by MeatSim

Razor Callahan or bust.

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Posted by Napalm

@Alex said:

@Napalm: I haven't used "for some reason" in a headline in months. MONTHS.

I'm honestly concerned that you might have a board somewhere with headline endings that you keep track of. ERASE THAT SHIT.

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Posted by Grelik

Whiny article title? "because apparently" used? Must be an alex article.

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Posted by Dagbiker

They could get that busty woman from that mediocre cable show to be in it.

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Posted by Xeirus

@Grelik said:

Whiny article title? "because apparently" used? Must be an alex article.

Feel free to link to some of your work, since it's obviously better than his.

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Posted by csl316

Expectations are way too high for me, so this'll be a constant disappointment.

Unfair? Probably.

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Posted by Animasta

@Grelik said:

Whiny article title? "because apparently" used? Must be an alex article.

Sorry I know being snarky is hard but no need to hate just because someone has mastered the craft :)

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Posted by chilipeppersman

@Xeirus: word. ppl gotta stop giving navarro shit. hes a good writer, and better than any of us users. so if ur hating on him, fuck you and leave. your not wanted, and your just a hater.

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Posted by Jeffk38uk

You know, if they made the film based on Criterion's Hot Pursuit, and have wild car chases with suped up police cars with a plot, I might actually watch it.

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Posted by Phatmac

Makes some sense. I think it would be a better idea to just create a racing movie.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

Will Eddie Murphy be voicing one of the cars?

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Posted by HerbieBug

gross

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Edited by Abendlaender

Finally!

Need For Speed: Razor's Revenge needs to happen

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Posted by ElectricBoogaloo

To me, that cutscene isn't complete without Jeff's appearance:

Hell yeah we're doing this!

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Posted by CaLe

Movies are made every day. I dunno why people care when game movies are made.

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Edited by I_smell

The passed like 5 Needs for Speed have been based on Fast and Furious...

Except for THE RUN, which was based on Cannonball Run of course.

@Video_Game_King said:

Will Eddie Murphy be voicing one of the cars?

Eddie Murphy will play every role, as he usually does.

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Posted by smitty86

But will it tell the story of Blazer Callahan? That's the real question.

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Posted by icytower38

Throw in Jason Statham and I'm all in!

Still don't see a need at all, but that's mainstream Hollywood for you these days.

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@I_smell:

Then how will they fit Larry the Cable Guy into the mix?

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Posted by bybeach

I would understand that one driving/racing game that Jeff liked so much a while ago..I will think of the name for it. The one where the guy has the car crash in the beginning. There was a bit of an odd plot to it, would be kind of neat with the Steve Mcqueen reto 60's feel.

Need for speed...why?

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Posted by mordukai

Can't they just change the name on Gone in 60 Seconds?

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Posted by JackSukeru

Will this movie satisfy peoples' fast & furious need for speed?

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Posted by laserbolts

@bybeach said:

I would understand that one driving/racing game that Jeff liked so much a while ago..I will think of the name for it. The one where the guy has the car crash in the beginning. There was a bit of an odd plot to it, would be kind of neat with the Steve Mcqueen reto 60's feel.

Need for speed...why?

Driver San Fransisco and yeah I really dont know why they are doing this why not just put out another dumb fast and furious movie?

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Edited by Dagbiker

Why would you make a NFS movie, as Alex said, you already did, but without paying for the licenses.

BTW, Navario's fine.

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Posted by ProjektGill

Oh god, I could totally see Michael Fassbender as Razor if they decide to keep the character.

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Posted by lordofultima

@Xeirus said:

Woot, without even trying!

Now my life has meaning

Edit: That video at the end had me cracking up, I haven't played a NFS is a while, is that really what they have come down to?

You're insane. That was the best era, for the story alone. The essence of Need for Speed is Razor Callahan, and segment races from NFS1.

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Posted by supercubedude

Five Grand!

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Posted by ShaunK

@supercubedude: I literally logged in just to say that no one said Five Grand yet. Good work, son.

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Posted by Solh0und

@Video_Game_King said:

Will Eddie Murphy be voicing one of the cars?

Best comment of the article goes to.....

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Posted by DarkShaper

If you remove the context of it being a game, Need for Speed is a great title for a racing movie.

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Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish

I thought there was a mutual agreement that Need for Speed just became the proxy Fast and Furious in videogame form. 

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Posted by Calavero

Oh man, I completely forgot about the awesomeness that is Razor Callahan. Best NFS game by far.

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Posted by AngelN7

Everyone?

Best Need for Speed game right here.

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Posted by lkpower

Jeff needs to be in this!!!! He's seen this coming for 5 years

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Posted by Begilerath

@AngelN7 said:

Everyone?

Best Need for Speed game right here.

YES! I was about to comment who is this Razor fool, Cross is the man... THE MAN

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Posted by HadesTimes

I was some how under the impression that Need for Speed was a movie; called, "The Fast and the Furious!" But I guess I was wrong.

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Posted by Cybexx
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Posted by Deusoma
@HadesTimes said:

I was some how under the impression that Need for Speed was a movie; called, "The Fast and the Furious!" But I guess I was wrong.

Maybe you should read the entire article next time, to make sure the writer didn't already use your joke. :P
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Posted by Branthog

So a guy who has made shitty movies is going to make another shitty movie. I'll pass.

Okay, who am I kidding? I pass, for now, but I'll watch it on Netflix in about six months.

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Edited by Smokey_Earhole
@Grelik
Whiny article title? "because apparently" used? Must be an alex article.
Don't forget that it's a thing. It is always a thing at all times.

What is it? It's apparently a thing, you know?
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Posted by TheDudeOfGaming

That's...nice.

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Posted by divakchopra

man this movie is gonna the best thing since sliced bread...

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