‘Need For Speed’ Trailer: Supercars Performing Super Stunts

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 12:45 pm,

Of the many video game adaptations in various stages of development hoping to break the ‘video game movies are bad’ curse, Need For Speed was not one of the ones video game playing moviegoers were expecting to see realized so soon.

Perfectly timed with the release of Need For Speed: Rivals -  the latest installment in the long-running video game franchise - hitting retail, Disney Studios and DreamWorks Pictures are kicking into gear the marketing campaign for their hopeful car racer franchise with a brand new and exciting trailer.

The video games industry was first two get a glimpse at the live-action take on Need for Speed when star Aaron Paul made a surprise appearance during video game publisher Electronic Arts’ press conference this summer at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). Paul introduced a brief sizzle reel of behind-the-scenes footage but fans didn’t get a true sense of what the film was about until the studios the first Need For Speed teaser trailer.

Need For Speed Movie Trailer Need For Speed Trailer: Supercars Performing Super Stunts

Where the teaser was dramatic, slow, epic and focused on visual eye candy of supercars, the new Need For Speed movie trailer brings viewers into a little more of the grit and grime of the intentionally ’70s style revenge flick. While on the set of the film during a day of shooting in Michigan, Steve McQueen’s Bullitt was repeatedly referenced as a source of inspiration and we witnessed pro drivers performing insane high-speed maneuvers with cars through downtown traffic (more on that here). All of the high-speed car chases and action sequences were practical and that’s a big differentiating factor between Disney’s Need For Speed and the most recent few Fast & Furious installments.

The release of the trailer – and production of the movie – is also well-timed considering Aaron Paul’s breakout success in AMC’s hit TV series Breaking Bad which concluded recently to great buzz and admiration. There’s also of course the interest in car films with Fast & Furious 6 taking Universal’s franchise to new heights last summer with a fast-tracked sequel in production for release next summer with a new director – also interested in changing the tone and aiming for a ’70s throwback.

Director Scott Waugh can deliver intense action and star Aaron Paul can deliver intense drama and emotion. Throwing them in the world’s fastest cars in a tale of revenge sounds like a winning formula. Can it do the brand justice and can it compete with Fast & Furious?


Need for Speed hits theaters March 14, 2014.

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  1. Was enjoying the trailer right up until the point the helicopter hooked up the car.

    • I’d wait to see that scene in context. The big highlight there is that they literally shot a sequence with a real chopper picking up a real car driving off a real cliff to make it work.

      • I am glad they fixed the voice over, in the first trailer it sounded like he was just reading now he sounds convincing… As a car buff I am looking forward to this…

  2. Need for Speed 2: Fast and Furious?

  3. This trailer is much better than the first. Looks intereting.

  4. It looks much better than Fast and Furious, and Aaron Paul is pretty cool. So I’m definitely going to see this film.

  5. With the fast & furious movies moving further away from it’s street racing origin, i think this movie is perfect to fill in the gap. Nice to see some sequences taken straight out of the gameplay. Hopefully the story will be good enough to keep things interesting away from the action and racing sequences.

  6. Aaron Paul with a Michael Keaton cameo…. I’m in.

  7. looks good, i’m glad the car stunts are realistic, FF had some moments like uhhmm ya ok

  8. I need this movie in front of my eyeballs immediately.

  9. Arron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Kid Cudi, and Michael Keaton are definitely an interesting enough cast to pull me in to a movie, but I can’t help but feel that this is just some lower budget Fast & Furious rip-off. I’ll check it out probably though, it could be decent…

  10. this looks ten times more interesting than anything fast and furious has done over seven movies or however many it has been.

  11. Need for Speed 2- August 2016

  12. A few too many flying cars for my liking. How about a movie where the racers and pursuers are really good instead of crashing into things all the time. That would be a nice change of pace. ;)

  13. After narrowly escaping the clutches of his Neo Nazi captives, Jesse Pinkman discovered he enjoyed driving insanely fast while he was behind the wheel of his banged-up getaway car.

  14. yo!this movie will be the bomb beach!

  15. Aaron Paul is a charisma vacuum. This looks horrible!!!

  16. Meh !

  17. Carbon copy of Fast and the Furious, but worse!

  18. I’ll pass… think the trailer just showed me the whole movie…