'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.
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Need for Greed.... No Need for more Need For Speed....
TheOct8pus on Apr 8, 2015
Money talks, bullish*t gets sequels.
mooreworthy on Apr 8, 2015
Need For Speed definitely could have been way better. The main problem is that the film came way too late with all the Fast and Furious films.
Jordan Odinson on Apr 8, 2015
I'd like to see a sequel to Gone in 60 Seconds give the Furious franchise a run for its money.
MattPeloquin on Apr 9, 2015
Looks like you have a "need for complaint" 😛 Naah, just kidding...
Tuomas Lassila on Apr 8, 2015
Yeesh. Why? Gonna side with Ethan on this one... I'll miss that 132 minutes of my life. It's quite rare for me to find it painful to finish a movie... but this one was so bad... I ab-so-lutely had to sit through the entire thing just to see if it got better. It didn't. (via no fault of Aaron Paul - love his previous work)
avconsumer2 on Apr 8, 2015
Need For Speed wasn't very good. But it wasn't so terrible that I wouldn't give the sequel a chance to redeem.
Movie Bear on Apr 8, 2015
CHINA!!!~ // Oh bother, these don't need to happen. China has been grafting itself to any thing that will take their money. Sad really.
DAVIDPD on Apr 8, 2015
I loved Aaron as Jesse Pinkman, but the guy just aged bad. His hair is so irritating, can't look at nothing else but his hair bays.
Oriyan J. Ovadia on Apr 8, 2015
I've seen parts of this during a transatlantic flight and halfway through I stopped and wanted to jump out of the plane. Complete and utter Garbage.
Sascha Dikiciyan on Apr 8, 2015
Scarlett Witch on Apr 8, 2015
If they change up the writers or directors I will judge when I see a trailer...
timnimbus on Apr 9, 2015
The movie was so badly acted and was just plain bad!
M_LokSatta on Apr 10, 2015
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