Electronic Arts has signed up an Emmy-winning actor to put the pedal to the metal in an upcoming film adaptation of theirNeed for Speed franchise. If you aren’t familiar with Aaron Paul, he is the award-winning supporting actor in AMC’s television show Breaking Bad.
According to today’s press release, Paul will be leading a cast in a Dreamworks-produced NFS movie directed by Scott Waugh, who also helmed real-life-Navy-SEAL action movie Act of Valor. Relevant snippets from the press release follow:
“Need for Speed is one of the most action-packed entertainment experiences you can find,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President, Electronic Arts. “The newest game, ‘Need for Speed Most Wanted’ and the upcoming film take the action to all new heights. Like the game series itself, the cast for the movie needs to be edgy and cool. Aaron Paul is a rising star — a great choice for the film lead. We’re looking forward to announcing the rest of the actors that will bring this racing franchise to the big screen.”
The film adaptation will be a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the great car culture films of the 70s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the video game franchise. In “Need for Speed,” the cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story keeps players at the edge of their seat.
“Need for Speed” is one of the biggest and most successful franchises in the video game industry, having sold more than 150 million units worldwide and generating an estimated $4 billion in revenue. The next blockbuster release in the series is “Need for Speed Most Wanted” – the most socially-connected game of this generation, launching October 30, 2012.
The press release also notes that “the screenplay is based on the ‘Need for Speed’ series, but is not based on an individual game.” There’s a good chance, then, that they’ll pull plot points from all the favorite Need for Speeds. Like the part when you pass cars and come in first. At the very least, at some point in the film, Paul better take part in a breakneck race while driving a winnebago.