If you are a fan of racing games then the chances are high that you’ve played or at least heard of the range of Need for Speed games. The original Need for Speed game was released in 1994. Since then this range of games has become the most popular racing video game series and one of the most successful video game franchises in the world. By October 2009 the amount of copies sold of Need for Speed game series reached the 140 million mark. To date more than 20 different Need for Speed games have been released. Like many popular games it has always been a question of time before someone tried their hand at making a Need for Speed movie. Fortunately that time has finally arrived.
The upcoming film tells the story of Tobey Marshall (a street racer who goes to prison for a crime that he did not commit) who sets off on a cross-country race to get revenge on his longtime friend and partner. The movie will feature appearances by Aaron Paul (of Breaking Bad fame), Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Kid Cudi, Rami Malek and Michael Keaton (who needs no introduction and who is also appearing in the 2014 version of Robocop). The film’s screenplay was written by John Gatins & George Nolfi and the film is directed by Scott Waugh (who also directed 2012’s Act of Valor).
The budget for the film is rumored to be $75 million and it’s described as “a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the awesome car culture films released in the 1970’s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the best selling video game franchise it’s being based on”. Filming for Need for Speed was done in locations in Georgia and Alabama in the United States and started in early 2013. The film is set for release in March 2014 in the United States, but no release dates have been confirmed by Ster-Kinekor or Nu Metro for South African audiences though.
Judging by the trailer for Need for Speed it’s going to be action packed ride with some really fast cars. Don’t take my word it though, decide for yourself by checking it out below
So, what do you think? Are you giving this film a pass or are is the teenage gamer inside of you rushing off to the cinema to watch this film? Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here.
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