First Look at ‘Need for Speed’ Movie Shows Off Hot Cars & Big Action

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While movie adaptations of video games aren’t uncommon, few get serious support from the industry that spawned them.

This isn’t the case with the upcoming adaptation of the racing series Need for Speed, which premiered a behind the scenes preview today at the grandest gathering of video game developers and publishers, E3 (for which you can check out Game Rant‘s continuing coverage).

Introduced by movie headliner Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), the preview shows little of Need for Speed’s plot about a betrayed street racer looking for revenge on the road.

Instead, audiences got a taste of the movie’s sense of action and of the lengths to which director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is willing to go to get shots of awesome cars racing down winding highways. If these glimpses at the film are accurate, Need for Speed will treat audiences to all sorts of vehicular mayhem.

Need for Speed First Look Aaron Paul First Look at ‘Need for Speed’ Movie Shows Off Hot Cars & Big Action

Despite its video game pedigree, Need for Speed will almost assuredly draw comparisons to the currently-popular Fast and Furious franchise. Waugh insists that Need for Speed is shooting for realism – that his take on underground street racing is an accurate look at the subculture.

Nonetheless, it will take some serious dramatic heavy lifting not to remind audiences of the nigh-unstoppable Fast series, especially since Need for Speed will open in theaters just a few months before Fast and Furious 7.

All that said, this preview for Need for Speed shows only technical aspects of the film. The movie may end up being a pleasant surprise – a video game adaptation that not only succeeds as a narrative film, but also upholds the spirit of its source material.

In addition to Aaron Paul, Need for Speed stars Michael Keaton (Birdman), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Imogen Poots (Fright Night).


Need for Speed will tear into theaters on March 14th, 2014.

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  1. I LOVE me some Fast and Furious! Ok, this is Need for Speed, big difference. Car racing action with Aaron Paul? I’M IN! :D

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  2. Looks low budget :(

    • Looks low budget? Your aware its behind the scenes right? Crashing a Bugatti and having helicopter fly 20 yards away from the wreck doesn’t look low budget to me. I think the lack of cinematography is confusing you.

      I’m not a fan of the game nor will I see this movie in theaters (probably catch it on HBO or something). So I’m not defending it, just saying….

      • I don’t think they crash the real deal when they can crash a replica at a fraction of the cost. ;)

    • Low on budget, there’s $3-5millon worth of cars in the clips and if your crashing some there’s a chunk out your budget plus crew and helicopters etc.

      I’d say between 40 & 60mill wich is about average for a medium sized film, not every film can have a 200m budget like MOS or Avengers.

  3. I’m excited for this for one, and one in particular, reason.

    Scott Mescudi.
    I really hope his acting abilities has improved since How To Make It In America, even though I never really saw them as that bad, but the kid deserves some credit for trying to launch a serious acting gig on the side without using his stage name to create buzz.

    He puts so much heart into every little thing he does..

  4. SPEED b****!!!

    • Hahaha!

  5. dont know how it will compete with fast and furious franchise. but more cars and maybe sexy ladies? XD and im sure a certain demographic will come.

    also, the characters in fast franchise are imo great characters and their story is good. they also appeal to a vast amount of races, there is literally every race and nationality in their group, well maybe not every race XD

    • I agree. There are a lot of reasons why there are SIX films in the Fast and Furious franchise: Strong characters, chemistry, story, mixed nationalities, etc.

      I’m looking forward to this Need for Speed movie (didn’t even know about it until now) but competing with Fast and Furious will be a problem. This will have Aaron Paul (which is awesome!) but Fast 7 will have Vin Diesel, The Rock, Jason Statham, yeah…

  6. This looks like it has more racing then fast and furious cant wait to see how this will be different then ff

  7. Pass.

  8. DVD rental me thinks…. vehicular movie are tricky to pull off.

    Movie audiences have evolved, as much as I love the Fast and Furious series I don’t think the original would do so well NOW as it did 10-12 years ago coming in as a new product.

    Don’t see what this brings to the party apart from EXPENSIVE cars. What’s the storyline, what’s the justification for the race and the participants, could be paper thin this one.

  9. Ah this is sweet! I enjoyed playing NFS on the PlayStation so I can’t wait for this to be released! :)

  10. Pretty cool to see this preview. They have been shooting scenes for this movie on a bridge in my town Columbus, GA for the past week. I know a lot of people that got to meet Aaron Paul and they say he has been a real nice guy taking pictures with just about everyone.

  11. I think this looks awesome, plus it sounds like it has a cast who can act!

    Aaron Paul for the win!

  12. Maggie Q should be in this.

    • Maggie Q should be in everything!!

      • Except too many clothes! (^-^)

  13. Yeah B****! Nitros.

  14. A Need For Speed based movie and what’s that I see ? The lead car is a Ford mustang ???really??? Smdh

    • Right? That’s exactly what I was thinking. Why not the lotus..or put a freaking Alpha Romeo in there! But whatever…we can’t all be happy

  15. Why God WHY ??? Aaron Paul and NFS WTF !!!! Check out this amusing conversation about NFS at DUVAMIS:

  16. F&F and NFS are completely different and should not be compared.

    From the very start…
    F&F uses Japanese Cars and these are compact cars.
    NFS on the other hand are European SuperCars.
    With of course some extra American cars.

    The story plot is also different…
    Dominic’s crew are robbers from the start.
    Toby’s crew are mechanics.

    And you know the story, so do not compare.