Aaron Paul has been cast to play the lead in DreamWorks Studios action film “Need for Speed.” Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”) is attached to direct, and the project has a target production start date for early next year and a theatrical release on February 7, 2014.
Aaron Paul is a two-time Emmy winner for his breakthrough performance on the television series “Breaking Bad.” Paul’s other credits include “Smashed,” “The Last House on the Left,” “Mission: Impossible III,” and HBO’s “Big Love.”
DreamWorks acquired the feature film rights to EA’s popular video game franchise earlier this year. George Gatins and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the feature’s screenplay. The screenplay is based on the “Need for Speed” series, but is not based on an individual game.
The film adaptation is going for the look and feel of the great car culture films of the 70s while being faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise which is one of the biggest and most successful in the video game industry, having sold more than 150 million units worldwide and generating an estimated $4 billion in revenue. The next in the series is “Need for Speed Most Wanted” - launching October 30, 2012.
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