DreamWorks Studios has acquired feature film rights to EA’s video game franchise, Need for Speed. Brothers George and John Gatins developed the original story with George writing the feature’s screenplay, DreamWorks announced. EA will produce along with John Gatins and Mark Sourian. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is attached to direct. The project has a target production start date for early next year for a 2014 release. Need for Speed is one of EA’s best-selling video game franchises. Since the release of the first title, the series has sold more than 140 million units worldwide, generating an estimated $4 billion in retail revenue, making it one of the biggest franchises in video gaming, according to the announcement.

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