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