Need For Speed 2 – Sequel Plans19.03.14 # Sequel # 185 Comments
Need for Speed has arrived in cinemas, hoping it can ride on the success of its video game namesake. But what are the prospects of a sequel, and what can we expect to see if Need for Speed 2 happens?
Video game movies have got a bad reputation, and for good reason – only a tiny number have managed to score. With Aaron Paul’s name on the bill, there were high hopes that Need for Speed, based on Electronic Arts’ video game, could break the mould. However even Paul couldn’t drive the big numbers to US cinemas on opening weekend.
[Update: (July 2014) Need for Speed finished up with $43m at the US box office, from a budget of $66m. Not impressive. However, it did very well internationally, with a further $159m. Bear in mind international is less important than US because of the way ticket sales get divided up.
Home video / download figures are notoriously hard to come by but indications are it’s doing very well. Audience feedback is unexpectedly strong too, with high average ratings on the likes of iTunes and IMDB.
Taking all these factors together it would be fairly surprising if Dreamworks doesn’t greenlight a Need for Speed sequel quite soon.]
**SPOILERS AHEAD** Dominic Cooper, who plays Dino Brewster in the film, has said he’d like to return. “I hope so,” he said when asked if another film will happen. “I’m sure that’s their plan, to make a successful franchise out of it.” Cooper also teased that we might even see Dino escape from prison in order to make an appearance in the next movie. “I was meant to die at the end, but when I realised I wasn’t falling off the cliff any more, I thought, ‘Maybe I could come back’. But I’ve gone to jail for a very long time… Maybe I’ll escape.”
The film also ends with Tobey (Paul) being released from jail, meaning his character could easily cross over into the next movie if it happens. **SPOILERS END**
Perhaps some more reliable indicators of a sequel come from the film’s screenwriter George Gatins. He’s hinted that Need for Speed 2 could see hell unleashed on Europe. “I’ve kind of joked that I want the opening of the sequel to take place in Sweden and in the Koenigsegg factory, and one shot,” he said. “I want a Koenigsegg being completely put together, so that people know that it’s actually a $2.3 million dollar car, and then take it out onto some highway and just destroy it. Just to put it all to bed, like this is what we’re gonna be doing.”
He went on: “We’ve talked about the idea in a second movie, because the video game lives in North America, and we’ve even said to EA, ‘Look, you know, if we make a second movie, don’t you think we should take it overseas?’ And we were a little worried that they might be like, “No, it has to live in the world of the game.” But they were like, ‘No, let’s do it.'”
Gatins further added that EA might end up creating a game based on a Need for Speed movie sequel, rather than vice versa. “Why not take it to Dubai and Paris, and race cars 180 miles an hour through the streets of Paris?”
[Update: (April 2015) A sequel is now in development, set partly in China, as part of a deal with a Chinese financier (the same partner who helped Paramount make Transformers: Age of Extinction). Chinese actors would be added to the supporting cast too. EA is closely involved. Whether this makes it to green light status we’ll have to wait and see.]
What would you like to see happen in Need For Speed 2? Should it go to Europe? Which cars need to feature? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
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