Last month, we reported that Act of Valor director Scott Waugh is in negotiations to direct Need for Speed for DreamWorks, an adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game franchise. I recently had the chance to speak with the filmmaker, who revealed he has always wanted to make a racing movie.
Scott Waugh discusses Need for Speed
"I'm really excited about that franchise. I've been super passionate about car movies, and with our style of filmmaking, and my background as a stunt guy, I know we can really rock that world. I've been actually eyeing a car picture for a couple of years, and this just came about. DreamWorks bought it, and Steven Spielberg really wants me to direct it, which is the biggest honor on the planet. I'm like, 'Sir, you know I'm just Scott Waugh, right?' To work with Steven would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
John Gatins (Real Steel) and his brother George Gatins (She's Out of My League) wrote the screenplay, but the director says he will also craft the script to make it as realistic as possible.
"They already have a screenplay, so they already have a story, but I'm going to come in and manage it so it becomes more real and authentic. That's what's so cool about the game. It's a kick-ass driving game that's real, and I come from that racing world, so I want to make sure that it is real, and the characters are real, because that world's fascinating. I just want to elevate that. With Act of Valor, all the military people have always wanted their world shown properly, and I kind of feel the same way about the racing world. Need for Speed is in that world. There are big shoes to fill, because it's a massive game that a lot of people have seen. I think a lot of people are nervous that someone is going to go in and screw it up."
It isn't known when production will start on Need for Speed, but we'll keep you posted with any new developments.
Need for Speed comes to theaters February 7th, 2014 and stars Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Michael Keaton, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson. The film is directed by Scott Waugh.