Dreamworks to Attempt a Need for Speed Movie

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Posted by Jeff (5578 posts) -
If Dreamworks hasn't gotten this guy on the phone yet, they're going about this all wrong.
If Dreamworks hasn't gotten this guy on the phone yet, they're going about this all wrong.

When Criterion's Need for Speed: Most Wanted was finally confirmed just prior to E3, a cry went out for the inclusion of the "old" Most Wanted's main bad guy, Razor Callahan. Sure, that cry was primarily coming from me, but it was a cry nonetheless! Given the way that Criterion isn't really the sort of studio to put a story into its racing games, I... didn't actually expect that the new Most Wanted would contain America's Favorite Racing Bad Guy.

That's why it's so wonderful that we all have a second chance, because Dreamworks has picked up the Need for Speed name for use in a movie. And they've got some actual humans attached to it in writing and directing capacities. Some of their credits include the screenplay for Real Steel and directing Act of Valor, which sounds about right for a movie based on a driving video game that typically doesn't have any story whatsoever. In fact, the press release EA put out this morning goes so far as to state this amazing fact:

The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but is not based on an individual game.

So I suppose that tosses my hopes of a cinematic retelling of a young racer's rise up the blacklist against an evil, car-thieving dirtbag like Razor Callahan out the window, but here's my little bit of advice to the people producing the movie. Include some shitty little throwaway reference to Callahan. Either cast the actor (Derek Hamilton) in a supporting role or include the character's name on a rap sheet or something. Then you can rest easy, knowing that your car movie has remained faithful to the one tiny bit of decent narrative that EA's driving series has contained since its debut in 1994.

Actually, wait. Alongside a Callahan cameo, maybe you could track down this guy from the 3DO game.

(You'll need to skip to around the 1:20 mark to see what I'm talking about, but the whole video is kind of great.)

Back up a minute. what the heck does basing a movie on the Need for Speed series even mean? I mean, it's not a story-based game. Do you think they had to sit down and generate some kind of list of "core competencies" or something? If so, I'm guessing it looked sort of like this...

  • Cars.
  • Fast cars.
  • Oh, they're real cars, too.
  • They go fast? Yes, that's for sure. The cars are fast. Oh, and they cost a lot, so...
  • The cars are often expensive.
  • And sometimes there are cops.

Sounds like box office gold to me, man. But it feels like it's a little late for some movie folks to get together and say "hey, that Fast and the Furious series is hot, let's do that," doesn't it? Besides, the last time someone said that, they made Torque, which is a masterpiece in its own special, bike-fighting way. But there's... actually, wait. Sorry, I need to watch the bike fight scene from Torque now.

Hmm. Kinda thirsty after watching that, but I can't quite put my finger on why. Anyway, as I was saying, there's nothing wrong with a good car movie, and the release goes on to say that Need for Speed will be "rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s." I suppose there ain't nothing wrong with attempting that, either. And with relatively attainable aspirations like that, this sort of sounds like a video game movie that might actually get made.

Production is currently targeted to start in early 2013 for a 2014 release. Hell, I don't know. It couldn't be any worse of an idea than Battleship was, right? Hopefully it leads to some sort of ridiculous Need for Speed: The Movie: The Game tie-in product.

[UPDATE]: GameSpot's Brendan Sinclair informs me that the director of this Need for Speed movie did stunts on Torque. So we're effectively looking at the car movie singularity right here, people.

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#1 Posted by Jeff (5578 posts) -
If Dreamworks hasn't gotten this guy on the phone yet, they're going about this all wrong.
If Dreamworks hasn't gotten this guy on the phone yet, they're going about this all wrong.

When Criterion's Need for Speed: Most Wanted was finally confirmed just prior to E3, a cry went out for the inclusion of the "old" Most Wanted's main bad guy, Razor Callahan. Sure, that cry was primarily coming from me, but it was a cry nonetheless! Given the way that Criterion isn't really the sort of studio to put a story into its racing games, I... didn't actually expect that the new Most Wanted would contain America's Favorite Racing Bad Guy.

That's why it's so wonderful that we all have a second chance, because Dreamworks has picked up the Need for Speed name for use in a movie. And they've got some actual humans attached to it in writing and directing capacities. Some of their credits include the screenplay for Real Steel and directing Act of Valor, which sounds about right for a movie based on a driving video game that typically doesn't have any story whatsoever. In fact, the press release EA put out this morning goes so far as to state this amazing fact:

The screenplay is based on the Need for Speed series, but is not based on an individual game.

So I suppose that tosses my hopes of a cinematic retelling of a young racer's rise up the blacklist against an evil, car-thieving dirtbag like Razor Callahan out the window, but here's my little bit of advice to the people producing the movie. Include some shitty little throwaway reference to Callahan. Either cast the actor (Derek Hamilton) in a supporting role or include the character's name on a rap sheet or something. Then you can rest easy, knowing that your car movie has remained faithful to the one tiny bit of decent narrative that EA's driving series has contained since its debut in 1994.

Actually, wait. Alongside a Callahan cameo, maybe you could track down this guy from the 3DO game.

Loading Video...

(You'll need to skip to around the 1:20 mark to see what I'm talking about, but the whole video is kind of great.)

Back up a minute. what the heck does basing a movie on the Need for Speed series even mean? I mean, it's not a story-based game. Do you think they had to sit down and generate some kind of list of "core competencies" or something? If so, I'm guessing it looked sort of like this...

  • Cars.
  • Fast cars.
  • Oh, they're real cars, too.
  • They go fast? Yes, that's for sure. The cars are fast. Oh, and they cost a lot, so...
  • The cars are often expensive.
  • And sometimes there are cops.

Sounds like box office gold to me, man. But it feels like it's a little late for some movie folks to get together and say "hey, that Fast and the Furious series is hot, let's do that," doesn't it? Besides, the last time someone said that, they made Torque, which is a masterpiece in its own special, bike-fighting way. But there's... actually, wait. Sorry, I need to watch the bike fight scene from Torque now.

Loading Video...

Hmm. Kinda thirsty after watching that, but I can't quite put my finger on why. Anyway, as I was saying, there's nothing wrong with a good car movie, and the release goes on to say that Need for Speed will be "rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s." I suppose there ain't nothing wrong with attempting that, either. And with relatively attainable aspirations like that, this sort of sounds like a video game movie that might actually get made.

Production is currently targeted to start in early 2013 for a 2014 release. Hell, I don't know. It couldn't be any worse of an idea than Battleship was, right? Hopefully it leads to some sort of ridiculous Need for Speed: The Movie: The Game tie-in product.

[UPDATE]: GameSpot's Brendan Sinclair informs me that the director of this Need for Speed movie did stunts on Torque. So we're effectively looking at the car movie singularity right here, people.

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#2 Edited by LikeaMetaphor (61 posts) -

Gotta get some Need for Speed!

Edit: I saw my chance. And I took it. I feel so dirty. I'm not really sure this would make a great movie, but it'd probably be great for some stupid fun.

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#3 Posted by wumbo3000 (1246 posts) -

A movie about cars?! Weird!

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#4 Edited by SmilingPig (1370 posts) -

3rd crap.

If Vince Diesel is in it sure.

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#5 Posted by Animasta (14903 posts) -

razor callahan is dead

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#6 Posted by smitty86 (708 posts) -

It's about time someone made a movie about people racing fast cars.

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#7 Posted by A_Dog (760 posts) -

I could really do for a refreshing Pepsi right about now.

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#8 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

Will Shrek be in this?

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#9 Posted by Milkman (18913 posts) -

Isn't Fast and the Furious pretty much just Need for Speed: The Movie already?

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#10 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4748 posts) -

Dreamworks makes movies that are not animated? Or will this be animated as well.

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#11 Posted by megasoum (392 posts) -

OMG That torque video is amazing hahaha. Never seen the movie. I really like how subtle they are with the product placement.

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#12 Posted by Kyle (2376 posts) -

Bout time someone The Fast and the Furious a run for their money. Actually, that might make a good subtitle. Or plot.

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#13 Posted by Justin258 (14373 posts) -

Real Steel was...surprisingly decent and charming. I don't remember how good the writing was, but it was never groan-inducingly bad. No, really, if you need a movie to watch with some kids, pick that one. It's not as bad as it sounds.

As for Need For Speed - yeah, I'll probably have to watch it at some point. Why can't I just watch the previous five Fast and Furious movies, though? They've pretty much nailed the cheesy dumb tough guy car drug guns girls action movies with that particular series, I don't see what NFS can do to top it unless it tries to do something different, like be a serious drama film, a prospect which might make it the funniest movie of the year.

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#14 Posted by Illuminosopher (353 posts) -

Oh look! another reason for me to not watch movies.

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#15 Posted by Begilerath (178 posts) -

@SmilingPig said:

3rd crap.

If Vince Diesel is in it sure.

What if Vinny is in it?

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#16 Posted by NathHaw (2854 posts) -

@Megasoum said:

OMG That torque video is amazing hahaha. Never seen the movie. I really like how subtle they are with the product placement.

You almost don't notice it. I mean, Jeff didn't!

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#17 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@JJOR64 said:

Will Shrek be in this?

No, but Eddie Murphy will voice one of the cars.

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#18 Posted by porr (188 posts) -

Man.. Torque was sooooo bad. who thought that was a good idea.

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#19 Posted by dOm_CaTz (300 posts) -

Instead of a need for speed: the game: the movie, they should do a sonic generations type thing. now that could be real interesting.

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#20 Edited by NathHaw (2854 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan said:

Dreamworks makes movies that are not animated? Or will this be animated as well.

Steven Spielberg movies are DreamWorks, so Saving Private Ryan is DreamWorks.

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#21 Posted by OldGuy (1669 posts) -

Best thing about that scene? After driving (and fighting) at high speed for several minutes without turning around she winds up back in front of the SAME SIGN. Impressive.

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#22 Posted by NickLott (833 posts) -

Oscar gold.

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#23 Posted by XtremePudim (121 posts) -

i should watch Torque

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#24 Posted by TadThuggish (990 posts) -

For some fucked up reason, these adaptations-based-off-basically-nothing go further than BioShock by Gore Verbinski or Metroid by John Woo.

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#25 Posted by Bolt3 (136 posts) -

There must be someone from Dreamworks reading this... right?

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#26 Posted by HubrisRanger (515 posts) -

@Animasta said:

razor callahan is dead

Long live razor callahan.

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#27 Posted by MeatSim (11140 posts) -

Give me more Razor Callahan Dreamworks!

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#28 Posted by iAmJohn (6232 posts) -

I'll pay up to five grand for tickets!

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#29 Posted by Brodehouse (10827 posts) -

@TadThuggish said:

For some fucked up reason, these adaptations-based-off-basically-nothing go further than BioShock by Gore Verbinski or Metroid by John Woo.

Or Halo by Peter Jackson. Or World of Warcraft by Sam Raimi.

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#30 Posted by ddensel (421 posts) -

How about a Road Rash game from the makers of Crank?

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#31 Posted by mracoon (5099 posts) -

I feel like this was announced a while ago. Anyway, I'll probably just watch a youtube vid of all the car chases after the films out.

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#32 Posted by Begilerath (178 posts) -

I would like a Driver San Francisco movie....or maybe I should just watch that "Life on Mars" series.

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#33 Posted by graboids (316 posts) -

that Torque clip is amazing.

also possible NFS the Movie cast..... ? Maybe a WWE superstar instead of Tim Riggins...

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#34 Posted by yevinorion (749 posts) -

I am ready for the outer regions of outrageous.

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#35 Posted by WilliamHenry (1285 posts) -

How in the hell did Torque actually get made? That scene is one of the worst things I've ever seen. You're telling me that nobody involved with the production stepped up and said "this is fucking terrible. We can't actually make this."

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#36 Posted by Gabriel (4136 posts) -

Great can't wait to watch it after the Halo, Bioshock, Infamous, Uncharted, Metal Gear, and God of War movies come out.

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#37 Posted by TheHT (14306 posts) -

GameSpot's Brendan Sinclair informs me that the director of this Need for Speed movie did stunts on Torque. So we're effectively looking at the car movie singularity right here, people.

whatthefu*BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM*

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#38 Posted by AndrewB (7814 posts) -

And I totally didn't know that Razor Callahan's first name was Clarence.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA~!

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#39 Posted by Evercaptor (436 posts) -

Is it wrong to have rooted for the pretty girl who started on the black bike?

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#40 Posted by AngelN7 (3001 posts) -

Mountain Dew > Pepsi then.

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#41 Posted by Subjugation (4963 posts) -

Wow, that bike fight was pretty special. Stuff like that gets the green light?

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#42 Posted by zudthespud (3332 posts) -

Given that Nfs: underground was influenced so much by the fast and the furious this is super dumb. Also, amazing. I'll be there in the cinema on day 1.

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#43 Posted by ZombieSpace (286 posts) -

i really need to get me a bottle of mountain dew....or pepsi

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#44 Posted by GreggD (4595 posts) -

FIVE GRAND

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#45 Posted by Winternet (8397 posts) -

This is article is pretty much how I imagine Mr. Gerstmann's mind operates on a regular day.

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#46 Posted by digital_sin (1857 posts) -
Vinny Callahan
Vinny Callahan
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#47 Posted by NekuSakuraba (7812 posts) -

I want them to make at least four so the fourth one can be called ''Need 4 Speed''.

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#48 Edited by Napalm (9230 posts) -

Apparently Jeff has never seen a Fast And Furious film which has already achieved whatever this movie will attempt to do. Unless they can get an ensemble cast, like Fast Five has, and be as awesome as Fast Five, I really could not care less.

Also, Razor Callahan is probably one of the dumbest fucking characters to ever grace a videogame.

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#49 Posted by Red12b (9360 posts) -
@Napalm
One of the stupid...?

All I can say to this news is TANG
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#50 Posted by Silver-Streak (1841 posts) -

@ImmortalSaiyan: Not only do they make non-animated movies, they also make awesome animated video games.

Well. They did.

Dreamworks is responsible for The Neverhood. One of the best Adventure games ever. Made out of claymation.

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