I’ve never seen the appeal of racing games. Where is the joy and/or strategy in driving around a fictional car? At least with NASCAR you get a real sense of speed and there are stakes for the driver. With driving games you fall off the Grand Canyon and are immediately resurrected back on the track. There are no characters or story to follow – just players mindlessly hitting the accelerator and turning buttons. And now we’ll get the chance to enjoy that level of excitement on the big screen!

THR reports that DreamWorks is now in talks to pick up the rights to Need For Speed, one of the most popular racing video game franchises in the world. The project just started development last week and John and George Gatins have already been hired to develop a story. George Gatins will be writing the script himself and serving as a producer on the project. It should be noted that the deal has not been completed yet, but new funding has been secured recently meaning that the project could come together fairly quickly.

The problem is that DreamWorks isn’t so much buying a video game property as they are a title. We can probably expect that the movie version will be something in the vein of The Fast and the Furious and will contain a few small references to the game, but will really have nothing to do with it. After all, what else could they do?

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