NEED FOR SPEED Review

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Need for Speed helped me understand why I like the later Fast and Furious movies and not the first few.  While I don’t necessarily have anything against car chases in movies, their purpose matters.  If it’s a cop chasing a criminal, then reckless driving is in service of a greater good.  If it’s a good guy trying to get away from bad guys, we’ll understand not obeying the speed limit and traffic signals.  But street racing is selfish, and its callous nature of putting innocent people at risk for the gleeful joy of fame and glory is somewhat despicable depending on the tone.  If your characters are going to be oblivious and self-indulgent, then the movie should follow suit.  Unfortunately, Scott Waugh takes his material far too seriously, and even though lead actors Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots give the film some life without winking at the camera, Need for Speed is too blind to check the periphery and too slow to have a good time.

NEED FOR SPEED Advanced Screenings to Be Held in 100 Cities on February 19th

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Better late than never, I guess.  Cutting it a bit close, DreamWorks Pictures has announced that it will be holding free advanced screenings of director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) racing revenge actioner Need for Speed this Wednesday, February 19th (aka tomorrow) in 100 cities across the country.  You must RSVP to the screening by visiting this website, but be aware that seating is limited so these tickets will likely be claimed fast.  For those unfamiliar, the pic is an adaptation of the video game of the same name and chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.

In addition to the screening, guests will be treated to a live introduction by Waugh, Paul, and co-star Scott Mescudi via satellite.  Read the full press release after the jump for more details.  Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14th.

Director Scott Waugh Talks NEED FOR SPEED, the Narrative, the Action, Shooting Inside the Cars, Casting Aaron Paul, and More

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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, director Scott Waugh talked about the film’s narrative story, how the action in Need for Speed is different from the action in Act of Valor, actually shooting inside of the cars to put the audience in the middle of the action, what led him to Aaron Paul as the lead actor, casting Kid Cudi, and working with Michael Keaton.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

New Full-Length Trailer and Images for NEED FOR SPEED Starring Aaron Paul

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DreamWorks has released a new full-length trailer and some high-resolution images for the upcoming Need for Speed movie.  Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), the film chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.  This new trailer plays up the revenge angle while also highlighting some genuinely thrilling race sequences, but I’m interested to see how much humor is layered throughout the film.  One of the keys to the success of the Fast & Furious franchise is that it’s fun and has increasingly embraced its outlandishness.  Waugh seems to be taking a more dramatic approach to racing in Need for Speed, but as we’ve seen on Breaking Bad, Paul certainly has comedic chops; hopefully some of that has the chance to shine through.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and images, and click here to read our recent interview with Paul, Waugh, and the film’s producers on the practical stunts.  The film also stars Imogen PootsKid CudiRamon RodriguezRami MalekHarrison GilbertsonDakota Johnson, and Michael KeatonNeed for Speed opens in theaters on March 14, 2014.

Aaron Paul, Director Scott Waugh, and Producers John Gatins and Mark Sourian Talk NEED FOR SPEED, and How They Pulled off Incredible Practical Stunts

by     Posted 304 days ago

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To start creating buzz for the upcoming DreamWorks action flick Need for Speed, opening in theaters on March 14, 2014, 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 actor Aaron Paul, director Scott Waugh, producer/writer John Gatins and producer Mark Sourian.  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.

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 the interviews, Paul, Waugh, Gatins and Sourian talked about how they pulled off such awe-inspiring work.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer and New Images for NEED FOR SPEED Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, and Imogen Poots [UPDATED]

by     Posted 358 days ago

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DreamWorks has released the first trailer for director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) video game adaptation Need for Speed. The film chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. Judging by the trailer, Need for Speed is almost the opposite of what I expected. I assumed it would simply try to rival the Fast & Furious movies, and instead it looks far more dramatic. There’s no rule that an adaptation of a video game can’t be serious, and the car stuff looks good. Consider me interested.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, and Michael Keaton. Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14, 2014. [Update: DreamWorks has released two new images from the film, which are now included after the jump.]

Relativity Moving Forward with SWAT-Centered ACT OF VALOR Sequel; Scott Wiper to Write and Direct

by     Posted 1 year, 28 days ago

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A sequel to last year’s Navy SEAL actioner Act of Valor is moving forward at Relativity Media.  Deadline reports that Relativity and the Bandito Brothers are once again teaming up for Act of Valor 2, which will focus on a team of elite SWAT officers.  Directed by Bandito Brothers partners Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh, Act of Valor took a realistic approach to the military action genre, as the film cast active duty SEALs to portray the film’s characters.  The result was a Call of Duty-esque feature that played more like a recruitment ad than a compelling movie, but the pic went on to gross over $80 million at the box office against a budget of just $12 million.

McCoy and Waugh will produce Act of Valor 2, with The Condemned writer/director Scott Wiper onboard to write and direct the sequel.  No word on whether Wiper will also cast real-life SWAT members to star in the film.

DreamWorks and EA Team Up for This First Look at NEED FOR SPEED Starring Aaron Paul

by     Posted 1 year, 100 days ago

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The team-up between DreamWorks Pictures and video game developer EA is bringing a live-action adaptation of street racing franchise Need for Speed to the screen.  Now we have the first idea of what that will look like.  A new behind-the-scenes featurette shows off some top-of-the-line racecars caught up in a high-octane race from the cops, along with commentary from director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and shots of star Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in the driver’s seat.

Also starring Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson and Scott MescudiNeed for Speed opens March 14, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.

DreamWorks Planning Robin Hood Reimagining MERRY MEN; Scott Waugh to Direct

by     Posted 1 year, 201 days ago

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DreamWorks is getting into reimagining-legends business.  According to Deadline, the studio has closed mid-six figure against seven figure deal for the Robin Hood reimagining Merry Men with Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) attached to direct.  Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) wrote the script, which will reportedly be “an ensemble piece centered around the supporting characters Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet. There is a high-concept revenge angle that tonally is reminiscent of The Dirty Dozen and Ocean’s Eleven.”  I really like the sound of this approach, and I hope they stick to it.  For those who don’t know, Ridley Scott‘s forgettable Robin Hood was originally a script entitled Nottingham, which was a detective story told from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham.  We don’t need another Robin Hood story that’s too afraid to play with a centuries-old character.

Waugh is currently attached to direct the adaptation of the video game Need for Speed starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, and Michael Keaton.  As for Ingelsby, he also wrote the script for Jaume Collet-Serra‘s thriller, Run All Night starring Liam Neeson.

Michael Keaton Joins DreamWorks’ NEED FOR SPEED

by     Posted 1 year, 225 days ago

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Michael Keaton will be seen on screen almost a year to the day when José Padilha’s RoboCop reboot blasts into theaters, but Keaton has signed on for another high profile action film with the same release date.  Reports have Keaton joining DreamWorks’ Need for Speed adaptation starring Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper.  The Scott Waugh picture is based off of the Electronic Arts streetracing game.  Also starring Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malik andHarrison Gilbertson, Need for Speed (and RoboCop) opens February 7, 2014.  Hit the jump for more details on Keaton’s role.

Dominic Cooper in Talks to Join NEED FOR SPEED with Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots

by     Posted 1 year, 315 days ago

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After Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Imogen Poots (28 Days Later) signed on for the Need for Speed adaptation, it looks like Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) will be the next addition.  Cooper is reportedly in negotiations to star opposite Paul as the other male lead in the DreamWorks picture.  Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct the Electronic Arts video game from a script by George Gatins, who developed the story with John Gatins (Flight).

The story centers on an underground racecar driver (Paul) who owns and operates a garage that modifies expensive cars.  Wrongly convicted but recently released from prison, he’s out for revenge on whoever framed him and killed his best friend.  Variety reports that Cooper will play Dino, an ex-NASCAR driver who sets up a business suping up high-performance vehicles with the help of his wealthy connections.  Poots will play an exotic car dealer who does business with the duo.  Look for Need for Speed February 7th, 2014.

BREAKING BAD Star Aaron Paul Lands Lead in NEED FOR SPEED

by     Posted 1 year, 337 days ago

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DreamWorks’ adaptation of the popular video game franchise Need for Speed has found one of its two leads.  EW reports that Breaking Bad star and two-time Emmy winner Aaron Paul has been set to topline the racing film.  Act of Valor helmer Scott Waugh is set to direct from a script by George Gatins, but very little is known about the film’s story.  Presumably Need for Speed will center on street racing of some sort, though the pic isn’t based on a particular title in the game series.  DreamWorks hopes this is the first in a franchise of films, so this is very big news for Paul.

Paul has shown tremendous talent opposite Bryan Cranston on AMC’s Breaking Bad, but that show will sadly come to an end next year as the final batch of episodes air.  He’ll be seen this fall in the drama Smashed opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead and is also starring in the adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down, but it’ll be fun to see him tackle the action genre with Need for Speed.  The film is set for release on February 7th, 2014.  Cars, yo!

TNT Developing Original Military Drama REACT from SUITS Showrunner and ACT OF VALOR Filmmakers

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Former Suits showrunner Sean Jablonski is currently working with TNT to develop React, an original military series.  Barry Josephson (Bones) and Scott Waugh (who served as producer, director and editor of Relativity Media’s recent Act of Valor) are also signed on to the project.  Waugh will handle the same duties on React as he did with Act of Valor, at least for the pilot.   He will be joined by some of his Bandito Brothers partners should the series get picked up for a full run.

TNT is hoping to capitalize on the popularity of Act of Valor, which, despite being critically panned, won a Teen Choice Award (kids these days …) for best action film.  React would be based on the reality of life in a black ops task forces.  For more on the project, hit the jump.

ACT OF VALOR Director Scott Waugh to Helm NEED FOR SPEED

by     Posted 2 years, 117 days ago

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Last month we learned that Electronic Arts and DreamWorks were teaming up to bring the popular video game franchise Need for Speed to the big screenReal Steel scribe John Gatins was tapped to develop a pitch for the film, and now Variety reports that Act of Valor director Scott Waugh is in talks to take the helm.  Gatins developed the pitch alongside his brother, George, who is the sole credited writer on the screenplay.  The film is planned as a potential tentpole in the vein of the Fast and Furious franchise, and with that series switching to the heist genre with the upcoming Fast and Furious 6, Need for Speed should fill the void for street racing fanatics.

You’d be forgiven for mistaking Act of Valor for Call of Duty: The Movie, so Waugh seems an appropriate choice to adapt the Need for Speed video game series.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he brings the POV camera style from Act of Valor to Need for Speed, in which case I’ll most likely be in need of a vomit bag when watching the film.  Waugh is also attached to direct Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Unknown Soldier.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Says His Next Film Is THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER (Formerly Titled BLACK SANDS)

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It appears that Arnold Schwarzenegger is going non-stop to revive his film career after taking a brief hiatus to play governor of California.  He’ll be seen later this year in The Expendables 2, he shot The Last Stand last fall for a January 18, 2013 release, he’s re-teamed with Sylvester Stallone for the prison break flick The Tomb, and now the action star says his next film will be The Unknown SoldierAct of Valor directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh are set to helm the feature, which was previously titled “Black Sands” (in December we reported that the movie had been re-titled to “Black Sunday“, but Schwarzenegger fansite The Arnold Fans tells us that the title has always been Black Sands until now).  According to Schwarzenegger, filming on The Unknown Soldier is set to begin in June.

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