As Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner rev their engines for Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, DreamWorks is preparing a high-speed franchise of its own. Last spring, the studio nabbed the rights to the EA Sports racing video game Need for Speed and set Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. Casting got off to a strong start last fall as Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper joined the cast, picking up Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi along the way. Now it’s bringing on some more grown-up talent, in the form of Michael Keaton. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Need for Speed, the adaptation of the popular EA gaming franchise, is already racings toward its 2014 release date. Directed by Scott Waugh and written by George Gatins, the film recently grabbed itself a lead in Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul. Next up, Imogen Poots (Fright Night) was cast and now Dominic Cooper, best known for his role in Captain America: The First Avenger, has joined the team. Along with Cooper’s casting comes details of how all those pieces fit together. Read about it after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
One of the great legacy’s of Breaking Bad will eventually be that it helped supercharge the careers of its two lead actors. Bryan Cranston has become a mainstay of Hollywood blockbusters, appearing in films like Total Recall, Argo, John Carter, and Rock of Ages. His partner, Aaron Paul, has yet to go that route, instead focusing on smaller films like Smashed. But with the series nearing its end, Paul is about to kick things into high gear. Literally.
Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Three major release dates were announced Tuesday, the biggest being the official dates for the first and second half of the final Hunger Games film, Mockingjay. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be released November 21, 2014 while its follow up, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be out a year later, November 20, 2015. The second film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is coming November 22, 2013, meaning three years in a row The Hunger Games will rule Thanksgiving.
Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: We don’t have a lot of info on this one yet, but DreamWorks is ready to compete with Universal’s mega-earning Fast and Furious franchise. The studio is moving forward with an adaptation of the EA game series Need For Speed, and has Scott Waugh in talks to direct. Waugh’s most recent work on screens was the Navy SEAL movie Act of Valor. The interesting thing here is that Waugh has also been reported as set to direct another racing movie called High Speed. That was going to be through his own production company, with a story about “the best high-speed police pursuit drivers in the country, assembled as a unit to stop and elusive, high-end underground racing circuit hellbent on running deadly point-to-point races through major American Cities.”
So has Dreamworks bought into that film and combined it with the studio’s own effort to make a Need for Speed movie? A valid question, given the potential similarity between the properties, but Variety says Waugh will work with the script by George Gatins that DreamWorks bought a month ago. The screenwriter’s brother John Gatins (Real Steel and Flight screenwriter) will produce.
Waugh and his Act of Valor co-director Mike McCoy are also set to make Unknown Soldier (formerly Black Sands), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
One of the most successful gaming franchises of all time is about to race to the big screen. Need for Speed is a racing franchise run by Electronic Arts that’s been churning out games since 1994 and now DreamWorks is likely to buy the rights to a film version written and produced by John and George Gatins. John wrote Real Steel, Hardball and Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming Flight while George produced She’s Out Of My League. Read more after the jump. Read More »