'Need for Speed' Sequel is in Development, Co-Produced by China
Last year, Need for Speed was one of the worst films I saw in 2014. As someone who can enjoy plenty of mindless, fun action, as evidenced by my love of Furious 7 last weekend, I found the video game adaptation to be boring, poorly written and acted just as badly. Not even Michael Keaton could make the proceedings interesting. But the film pulled in $200 million at the box office, likely due to the presence of the video game's fans and those who liked Aaron Paul on "Breaking Bad," and apparently that's enough to warrant a sequel. THR reports Need for Speed 2 is being developed, and it's a co-production with China. Read on!
Why China? Well, Hollywood has been desperate to play to one of the largest international audiences in the world over the past few years, shoehorning in Asian stars in order to drum up more interest overseas. And since Need for Speed pulled in $65 million in China last year, they're placating to audiences over there by making the sequel a joint venture between China Movie Channel, Jiaflix and 1905.com. That means most of the movie will be filmed in China and will utilize a lot of local talent in the country. I'm all for diversity in Hollywood movies, but this is just international pandering for box office. But I digress.
The real problem is that Need for Speed is getting a sequel at all. In the wake of Furious 7, the video game sequel is really going to have to up the ante in the action department, because despite the presence of real driving stunts in Need for Speed, there was nothing thrilling about it. Sure, the cars are sexy, but that's about it. As of now there's no word on whether any of the cast members from the first film will be back, but bringing Aaron Paul back seems like a solid guarantee. Let's just hope the writer and director, whoever they may end up being, actually give us something decent to watch this time.