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Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by Cameron Woolsey

Dreamworks Taking Need for Speed to the Big Screen

EA has announced that the house of “Shrek,” “Anchorman” and “Meet the Fockers” has officially picked up the rights for a Need for Speed feature film. George and John Gatins penned the original story, that is it won’t be based on any one Need for Speed title. Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”) has been picked up to direct the film, which has a target production date of early next year with a 2014 release.

The official press releases calls the upcoming flick a “great car culture films of the ’70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise.”

The big wheels backing the studios have a few words to say about the collaboration between EA and Dreamworks on the Need for Speed film (from the 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,” Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks chairman, said. “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.”

“George, John and EA brought a very compelling story to us which we believe is going to make a fun, cool movie franchise,” Stacey Snider, CEO and co-chair of DreamWorks, said. “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.”

“We are thrilled to be in business with our friends Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and the entire DreamWorks team,” Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels, said. “They are the perfect partner to take Need for Speed to the big screen by creating the exciting action film that we have always envisioned.”

“It’s fantastic to be working with a team that shares not only our love of cars, but also our passion for creating blockbuster action experiences. This collaboration will be greatly enhanced with the team at DreamWorks – which is a great home for the Need for Speed franchise,” Patrick Soderlund, executive vice president, EA Games Label, said.

“Working with John and George to develop the script has truly been an outstanding experience,” Pat O’Brien, vice president of EA Entertainment, said.

Hopefully, with a studio as rich with blockbuster films as Dreamworks backing the project, the Need for Speed film won’t degrade into a “The Fast and the Furious” knock-off.

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