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DreamWorks Feels 'Need for Speed,' Snags Movie Rights

It seems like the classic racing and chasing series Need for Speed will join the cavalcade of high quality video game adaptations now that DreamWorks Pictures has purchased the rights to the property according to Deadline.

The series, produced by Electronic Arts, has been around since 1994 and has been featured on pretty much every gaming platform since.  It’s considered one of the most successful video game franchises of all time with well over 100 million copies sold.

Scott Waugh from Act of Valor is slated to direct with DreamWorks and EA taking the production reins along with John Gatins and Mark Sourian.  Production is set to start in 2013 to prepare for a 2014 release.

Practically every twenty-something has at least one NFS game that they share particularly fond memories of, for me it’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit II and the first Need for Speed: Underground. And I’m sure that’s just what the studio is banking on.

The latest game in the series, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is coming out on October 30, 2012 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360. If this project does come to fruition then you can be rest assured there will probably be a game tie-in.

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