If you\'re still mourning the death of Paul Walker and how it could affect your favorite Fast & Furious movie franchise, perhaps this news can cheer you up a bit. Need For Speed the movie--based, of course, on the popular video-game series by Electronic Arts--is showing in Philippine theaters on March 14. We\'re proud to share with you some exclusive photos as well as the official movie poster (bottom).
Directed by Scott Waugh and produced by Touchstone Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures, the film is \"a visceral and evocative return to the great car-culture movies of the \'60s and the \'70s, tapping into our timeless fascination with the individualism and freedom of a car and our love of the open road.\" It stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Scott Mescudi, who will be attempting to duplicate the onscreen dynamism of Walker and Vin Diesel.
The movie has a reported budget of almost $70 million.
The plot? The film, according to the press material sent to us, is \"a story of honor, friendship, loyalty and the high-octane journey of one man looking to clear his name.\" Sounds like an F&F storyline? Here\'s a more detailed account:
For Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who runs his family\'s auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his buddies on weekends, life is good. But his whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he spends the next two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. His best chance at defeating his enemy, Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), is the high-stakes car race known as De Leon. The Super Bowl of underground racing, De Leon takes place once a year, and only a few select drivers are invited to participate with the winner taking all. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is nevertheless determined to bring down his enemies--no matter what the cost.
Some of the cars featured in the film include:
* Shelby Mustang GT500
* 1969 Ford Gran Torino
* 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
* 1966 Pontiac GTO
* Koenigsegg Agera R
* Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
* GTA Spano
* Bugatti Veyron
* McLaren F1
* Saleen S7
If you play the Need For Speed video game, you know that all these cars are available in Electronic Arts\' virtual world. For more about these cars as they were used in the movie, watch for our March 2014 issue.
\"There are only a few supercars in the world, and they\'re not really camera-friendly,\" says director Waugh. \"You\'re not going to drill into the side of a two-and-a-half-million-dollar car. They’re art pieces, that\'s what everyone forgets. You\'re going to replicate it to wreck it so the real one is still there.\"
According to the press statement, stunt drivers were hired for the movie. These included Tanner Foust (The Bourne Legacy), Rhys Millen (Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Rich Rutherford (Iron Man 2), Tony Brakohiapa (Jack Reacher), Brent Fletcher (The Hangover Part II) and Paul Dallenbach (Fast & Furious).
Foust, who also races cars for Ford and Rockstar, is a host of Top Gear USA. He was in Manila in early 2012 for the shoot of The Bourne Legacy.
That doesn\'t mean the lead actors don\'t have skills behind the wheel. Talking about Aaron Paul\'s driving competence, stunt driver Rick Seaman (The Amazing Spider-Man) says: \"He has good driving instincts. Some people are born with it and some aren\'t, but I can tell you right now Aaron was born with it.\"
Again, Need For Speed is opening across the Philippines on March 14. It is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International through Columbia Pictures. Don\'t dare miss it.