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Dreamworks to handle Need for Speed movie, Criterion to handle all NfS games going forward

6/24/12 9:40am

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.

“I'm excited about getting back into the creative trenches with John and George Gatins and my partners at EA to bring to life an exhilarating script based on an epic video game that seems to have been made for the movies. This is a big piece of business for DreamWorks and we are grateful to Frank Gibeau, Pat O'Brien, Kevin Maher and John and George for choosing us to deliver their goods.”

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.

“They are the perfect partner to take Need for Speed to the big screen by creating the exciting action film that we have always envisioned.”

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.

"It's not going to be spread anymore across different companies. Different studios have had a crack at it – it's definitely a Criterion gig now."

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? 

Sources:

Game Informer

Joystiq

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