Dreamworks to handle Need for Speed movie, Criterion to handle all NfS games going forward
You may remember hearing about a Need for Speed film that was in the works but was in need of a studio to back it up. Well, EA and writers George and John Gatins have found said studio. While Paramount, Sony, and Warner Bros. were initially interested in the project, in the end Dreamworks would ultimately be the one to secure the film rights to the franchise.
Dreamworks chairman (and one of the greatest directors of all time) Stephen Spielberg said, he is excited to help bring Need for Speed to the big screen.
President of EA Labels Frank Gibeau said, he is also excited to be working on this film and is thrilled be in business with Dreamworks, the Gatins, and of course Mr. Spielberg.
In other Need for Speed news, Criterion (the developer of the upcoming Most Wanted reboot) VP Alex Ward has said during an interview with Game Informer’s Matthew Kato that EA has handed over the keys to the franchise to Criterion.
Ward himself will oversee each new Need for Speed title and will be “personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are."
He also said he’s interested in developing a game that would take all of the best aspects from previous installments in the franchise such as Shift, Most Wanted, Underground, and Hot Pursuit into one big game. Saying that it’d be “amazing!”
Oh and he also said that Criterion also has some big plans for the Burnout series but wouldn’t elaborate on it any further.
Whew! There sure was plenty of Need for Speed news. What are you g1s most excited about? The upcoming film adaptation or Criterion (which has developed some great racers) taking over the franchise?
noooooo!!! Dang it I wanted a new burnout maybe a paradise city 2 or just a new real burnout game.
Criterion is cool and all, but i would really like a new Burnout, despite the new MW looking just like a burnout game. It just won't be the same as the greatness known as Burnout 3.
Hey, if I can get a corny Fast & Furious-type movie out of this, I'm not complaining.
Uh, no, this Criterion makes games. They made most of the Burnout games as well as NFS: Hot Pursuit and the upcoming NFS: Most Wanted.
Criterion working on need for speed from now on is awesome but as or the NFS movie as long as it doesnt copy paste fast and the furious and do something different then it will be decent at least
I am confused about the Criterion part. Are they the makers of those sweet Dvds and Blu-Rays of art house movies or a different Criterion?
Need for Speed does not need to be a movie in any way, shape or form.
Criterion? Fuck yes! (Though I really do wanna see a new burnout.)
YES. Criterion is awesome, this reboot will be awesome, and if they're making another burnout that will also be awesome!
I disapprove of this
This is just one step forward to having Criterion do it every year like every other big game EA has and it's just going to get beaten into the ground. The likelihood of us seeing a proper Burnout game ever again is very slim now.
"Need for Speed movie" :ohgodwhy: