Need For Speed Adaptation Adds Michael Keaton

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The popular racing game is now getting its own full length movie and DreamWorks has announced that Michael Keaton will be joining the project. The film adaptation has already cast Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi.

The film will tell the story of a local street-racer (Paul) who partners with a rich and arrogant business associate (Cooper), only to find himself framed by his colleague and sent to prison. After his stint in the joint, he joins a New York-to-Los Angeles race to get revenge. But when the ex-partner learns of the scheme, he puts a massive bounty on the racer’s head, forcing him to run a cross-country gauntlet of illegal racers in all manner of supercharged vehicles.

Keaton is set to play the reclusive yet eccentric host of an underground racing venture in which he only invites the best drivers the world has to offer.

Need for Speed has remained a popular racing game series. It is published by Electronic Arts (EA) and developed by several studios including Canadian company EA Black Box and British Criterion Games. It was originally developed by the Canadian company Distinctive Software, which became known as EA Canada. The first release in the series was in 1994 and has since evolved to include different cars, various tracks, and car body customization.  Need for Speed is the most successful racing video game series in the world, and one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. As of October 2009, over 100 million copies of games in the Need for Speed series have been sold.

The script for the film was written by George Gatins. His brother, John Gatins, is producing with Mark Sourian and Patrick O’Brien.

The studio is planning a February 7, 2014 release.

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