Need for Speed or NFS fans rejoice! Your game is finally coming to the big screen (and subsequently, at some point in its life, to SABC1, etv and Mzansi Magic). Shooting has begun in earnest in a collaboration between the game’s publisher Electronic Arts and DreamWorks Studios, the movie’s producer. It will debut in the USA around March 2014.
Need for Speed will star Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper. Don’t stress if you don’t immediately recognise these names. Google them first. Maybe someday they will be as well-known as names like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.
Ford has been chosen as the main supplier of vehicles to the flick, giving the feature a special Ford Mustang that will be driven by Paul’s character. We are told that Need for Speed “chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes—one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption.”
There is of course a game attached to the whole thing, called Need for Speed Rivals in which players can choose to either be the good cops or the bad drivers evading them. The game sounds like it will have some really exciting elements, such as automatic multiplayerbility. It will start selling this November on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Thereafter it will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
We at IN4RIDE sincerely hope that Need for Speed the movie makes the same great transition from game to movie as Hitman did, and does not totally flop and disappoint in the same way the great Max Payne did on the big screen.