Need for Speed

(2014)

DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960's and 70's, 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 which 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 Bonet (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, 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.

Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, “Need for Speed” captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. “Need for Speed” is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by John Gatins, Pat O’Brien and Mark Sourian and directed by Scott Waugh. The screen story is by John Gatins and George Gatins and the screenplay is by George Gatins and John Gatins, based on the video game series created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.

‘Need for Speed 2’ Moves Forward as Chinese Co-Production

‘Need for Speed 2’ Moves Forward as Chinese Co-Production

Need for Speed didn't exactly set the box office on fire last year, taking in just $43.5 million domestically. But if three Chinese studios have their way, they will start production on a sequel later this year. Video game publisher Electronic Arts is teaming with Chinese companies China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures, the same three companies that co-produced Transformers: Age of Extinction with Paramount, to make Need for Speed 2. The follow-up will be shot in China and feature the nation's actors taking on "significant roles," according to Variety, although the sequel doesn't have a writer or director locked in yet.

However, the partnership between these three companies and Electronic Arts cannot move forward until they can secure the rights from DreamWorks. A studio representative revealed that those talks have not yet begun. It's possible that DreamWorks may move forward with this to start their own high-octane franchise, given the enormous success of Furious 7 both internationally and domestically over the weekend. It isn't known if original Need for Speed stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi and Dakota Johnson are being eyed to return. What do you think about Need for Speed 2 being set up in China?

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BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Can ‘Need for Speed’ Lap ‘Single Moms Club’?

BOX OFFICE PREDICTIONS: Can ‘Need for Speed’ Lap ‘Single Moms Club’?

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‘Need for Speed’ Cast Interviews with Aaron Paul | EXCLUSIVE

‘Need for Speed’ Cast Interviews with Aaron Paul | EXCLUSIVE

The action-packed video game adaptation Need for Speed is racing into theaters this weekend, and we have most of the cast, the director, and the stunt coordinator lined-up for a series of exclusive interviews that promise to take fans on the road and behind the scenes of this hi-octane adventure. Starring Aaron Paul in his first appearance since Breaking Bad ended, the actor joins our very own Ryan J. Downey, as well as co-stars Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez and Scott Mescudi for an intense exploration of this can't-miss action-packed thriller. Take a look.

Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, DreamWorks Pictures' Need for Speed captures the thrills of the game in a real-world setting. An exciting return to the great car-culture films of the 1960s and '70s, when authenticity brought a new level of intensity to the action, Need for Speed taps into what makes the American myth of the open road so enticing.

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‘Need for Speed’: 8 New Character Posters

‘Need for Speed’: 8 New Character Posters

The eight main characters in Need for Speed are put on display in a new series of posters, featuring Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, Dakota Johnson as Anita, Dominic Cooper as Dino Brewster, Imogen Poots as Julia Maddon, Scott Mescudi a.k.a. Kid Cudi as Benny, Rami Malek as Finn, Harrison Gilbertson as Little Pete and Ramon Rodriguez as Joe Peck. The story follows Tobey as he enlists the help of Julia and friends Benny, Finn and Joe to drive across the country for an elite race, and to get their revenge on the duplicitous Dino. Check out these one-sheets before director Scott Waugh's high-octane video game adaptation hits theaters March 14.

Need for Speed was released March 14th, 2014.

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‘Need for Speed’ Police Chase Featurette

‘Need for Speed’ Police Chase Featurette

Aaron Paul describes how intense the racing scenes are in director Scott Waugh's video game adaptation, in theaters March 14th.
‘Need for Speed’: Watch 3 New Clips

‘Need for Speed’: Watch 3 New Clips

Aaron Paul climbs behind the wheel of a modified 2013 Shelby GT500 Mustang to dodge buses and wipeout on Wall Street in this action thriller.
‘Need for Speed’ Advance Screenings Announced

‘Need for Speed’ Advance Screenings Announced

Stars Aaron Paul, Scott Mescudi and director Scott Waugh will introduce their action-thriller via satellite in over 100 theaters this Wednesday.
‘Need for Speed’ Cast Featurette

‘Need for Speed’ Cast Featurette

Meet the guys behind this action thriller, including stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez and Rami Malek.