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On the heels of the successful Fast and the Furious franchise, life is imitating art as video games come to life on the big screen. A lot is already known about Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) starring in a Need for Speed movie directed by Scott Waugh. What moviegoers should also be excited to hear is that there is a Gran Turismo and Hot Wheels movie in the works as well.
Need for Speed
Currently, ‘The Need for Speed’ is filming is Detroit and looks to have some momentum behind it already. Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper and even Kid Cudi are getting in on the action this time around. At this time, Cudi has not released the name of the character he plays, but he is sure to have at least one great line or two as a member of Aaron Paul’s crew.
Paul will be playing Tobey Marshall,who is fresh out of prison and on the path for revenge with a traitorous partner hellbent on stopping him. From coast to coast, Tobey will engage in ‘vehicular warfare’ while driving some of the fastest cars in the world, including a custom Ford Mustang that accompanied Aaron Paul onto the E3 2013 stage. Unlike modern car-racing films, ‘Need for Speed’ is going back to its roots with a retro feel more akin to the ’70s. There are plenty of good reasons that this movie will do well and you can find them here.
A Gran Turismo movie looks to be even more promising, even though it is still some years away. The Wrap is reporting that Sony is backing the project and there appears to be considerable Hollywood weight being thrown around to get this movie going. Polygon reports that producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti from ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, ‘The Social Network’, ‘Drive Angry’ and the ‘Ghost Rider’ movies getting tapped to executive produce this film.
Information is indeed scarce, but with Sony behind the film, there is definitely going to be a lot of small details to cover in order to achieve a successful movie that is more than just fast and cheap thrills. Sony and Polyphony Digital (the studio behind Gran Turismo) will definitely have a say in the level of quality of the film, and many fans will hope that the movie will share the mature, simulation-racing feel of the original game. The attention to detail will need to be high, but that means the movie may feel more like a documentary depending on the directing and screenplay style that they choose. In the end, this movie might be considered more of an art film since the people behind Gran Turismo have a reputation for being relentless in their pursuit of racing perfection.
Mattel’s Hot Wheels
Right off the bat, reports are that this movie will likely be more of a spy thriller than a racing drama. With a feel that is akin to ‘Mission Impossible’ and less like ‘The Fast and the Furious’, this might end up being a very different movie than what audiences are expecting based on its name. With no word on a release date, there is speculation that the movie will fail to achieve any serious standing after more than a decade of being tossed around by different production studios and multiple directors.
Now that Need for Speed is getting its turn in the spotlight, competition is heating up and Legendary Pictures seems to be regaining focus on their Hot Wheels movie since directors are actively being sought out and writing for the film that has already begun. IGN reports current leads to direct the movie are Simon Crane of ‘World War Z’s second unit and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who is noted for directing ’28 Weeks Later’. With either of these directors, Mattel certainly has cornered the market on an ‘edgy’ racing film.
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