With the success of the “Fast & the Furious” film franchise, Hollywood movie studios are on the lookout for the new fast cars movie hit. DreamWorks might have found the “Fast & the Furious’” rival with the new film adaption of the video game “Need For Speed.”
The new action film isn’t due in theaters until March 2014, but the movie studio is already building buzz and hype around the would-be film franchise starter. Dreamworks released a new featurette featuring Aaron Paul and it’s called “Driving School.” Considering that “Need For Speed” is based on the highly popular video game series from Electronic Arts, there’s a good chance that the new action racecar film might also be the first good video game movie ever. Read the film’s synopsis below:
“DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.”
I’m a big fan of the “Fast & the Furious” film franchise and sexy fast cars, so I’m very much looking forward to the next racecar movie like “Need For Speed.” The film’s star Aaron Paul is garnering a lot of good faith from audiences because of his excellent performance as Jesse Pinkman from AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” so it also seems “Need For Speed” would bring in fans of the cable TV series or Aaron Paul.
The new action racecar movie features Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Kid Cudi, Rami Malek, and Michael Keaton as Monarch.
“Need For Speed” will hit theaters everywhere on March 14, 2014. Are you a fan of the video game? Do you think “Need For Speed” will be a good rival to the “Fast & the Furious” film franchise? Leave your comments below.