As a preview for the upcoming DreamWorks action flick Need for Speed, opening in theaters on March 14th, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other online outlets, out to the Bandito Brothers headquarters to check out about 20 minutes of the film and then chat with some of the folks involved. Based on the video game series, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey that begins as a mission for revenge, but ultimately proves to be one of redemption. From director Scott Waugh, the film stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton.
The thing that instantly became clear from the footage we saw was that not only are the stunts incredibly mind-blowing and awesome – with car races, car flips, cars crashing and bursting into flames, and even a car driving off a cliff and being pulled away by a helicopter – but they were also all practically done, in camera and for real. During this interview, producer/writer John Gatins and producer Mark Sourian talked about finding a storyline that made sense for a narrative movie, collaborating with the video game company Electronic Arts, the aspects of the game they wanted to cover over to the film, doing all of the car stunts practically, the car movies that influenced them, what made Aaron Paul the right actor to center the film around, and that there are idea for a trilogy. Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.