Need For Speed

Need For Speed

Computer games have been a great source of film inspiration in recent years with the likes of Tomb Raider, Doom, and Max Payne all being adapted for the big screen.

This week sees Need For Speed get a movie makeover for the first time. Therefore, we take a look at some of the computer games movies that are on the horizon.

- Need For Speed - released 12th March

Need For Speed is the latest in a long line of computer games to get the silver screen treatment, but will this be a box office success?

Need For Speed sees Scott Waugh back in the director's chair for the first time since he made his debut with Act of Valor, while George Gatins and John Gatins have penned the screenplay.

Aaron Paul will take on the central role, and is joined by Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, and Michael Keaton.

Fresh from prison, framed for a crime he didn’t commit, street racer Tobey Marshall (Paul), is hell bent on settling the score.

With revenge at the forefront of his mind, he gears up for the ultimate cross-country race heaving with adrenaline-charged muscle machines and high-octane super cars.

When his powerful rival (Cooper) places a massive bounty on his head, the wheels are set in motion and the race is finally on.

- Agent 47

Filming has got underway on agent 47, which is based on the computer game Hitman. This is the second Hitman film: the first came back in 2007 and flopped at the box office.

Aleksander Bach will make his feature film directorial debut with Agent 47, while Rupert Friend will take on the title.

Paul Walker was originally set to play Agent 47, but the role had to be recast after his premature death last year.

Friend will be joined on the cast list by Zachary Quinto and Thomas Kretschmann.

At the moment, the plot for the film is being kept under wraps and there has been no release date announced either.

Hitman was not a great movie, and I am interested to see what they are going to do this time around. Fingers crossed it will be a high octane and action packed ride.

- Warcraft - released 11th March 2016

Duncan Jones is one of the most exciting directors around, and he is set to take on his biggest film project yet with Warcraft.

Warcraft is already one of the most anticipated films in this genre as Jones is set to mix elements of action, adventure, and fantasy.

Jones has joined forces with Charles Leavitt to pen the screenplay: they are still keeping quiet on the plot.

However, the cast list has been announced and Paula Patton, Travis Fimmel, Dominic Cooper, Ben Foster, Toby Kebbell, and Rob Kazinsky are all on board.

Filming on the project got underway in January, but we do have a long wait until it hits the big screen. It was scheduled to be release at the end of 2015, but that would clash with the release of Star Trek: Episode VII.

Jones has been behind movies such as Moon and Source Code and I am excited to see him tackle this big budget blockbuster.

- Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed is a movie that has been in pre-production for some time... it looks like the project could well be moving ahead.

Filming could get underway as early as this summer for a possible 2015 release. While no director is officially on board, Daniel Espinosa is believed to be the studio's favourite.

Espionsa directed Safe House, Easy Money, and the upcoming Child 44, but we are going to have to watch this space.

Scott Frank and Michael Lesslie have penned the screenplay, while Michael Fassbender has been linked to the project for quite some time: he looks set to produce the film as well.

Apart from Fassbender, we are yet to discover who else will be on the cast list.

Assassin's Creed has kept us guessing for some time, and we are going to have to wait a little longer to get all the facts about this highly anticipated film.

- Kane & Lynch

Kane & Lynch is another film that is currently in pre-production and promises to be an action packed crime drama.

The movie is set to follow two Death Row inmates who escape during a prison transport vehicle and team up to retrieve a stole fortune.

F. Gary Gray is in the director's chair - we haven't seen him helm a film since Law Abiding Citizen.

While no official casting announcement has been made, Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel have been linked to the central role of Kane & Lynch.

This would see Butler reunite with Gray should he come on board the project: he starred in Law Abiding Citizen.

No shooting date or release date has yet been announced for the project.

- Lara Croft Reboot

We have already had two Tomb Raider films hit the big screen back in 2001 and 2003, but we may be seeing the franchise rebooted.

Angelina Jolie famously took on the title role for the first two films, but she will not be reprising the role.

So far, Mark Fergus and Marti Noxon are on board to pen the screenplay, but no director is yet on board.

Of course, there has been lots of speculation as to who will take over the role of Lara Croft, but nothing has yet been made official.

Need For Speed is released 12th March.

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