Electronic Arts is apparently already in talks to create a film based on the Need for Speed franchise. Details are still slim on the project, but John and George Gatins – who wrote Real Steel are said to be working on the script, with EA looking for a partner. (Sony and Warner Bros. are reportedly involved in the discussions, with Paramount named a forerunner.)
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It’s an unsurprising move from the games giant – last year’s Need for Speed: The Run was the 18th release in the franchise, and was an effort in reinventing the series. Specifically, this one introduced a plot, and some big-name actors to spice things up a bit. Following the game’s success, EA is now planning an annual release schedule for the series, so progressing beyond the confinements of “video games” seems a natural step.
It’s worth noting that, of the major Hollywood companies, Variety reports that Universal is the only one not looking at the project – an unsurprising decision, as the movie house already has Fast and the Furious on its roster.
Need for Speed is not the only EA title making the moves towards Hollywood – adaptations of Mass Effect, Spore, Army of Two, Dead Space, Dante’s Inferno and even The Sims have already been shopped around.