Need for Speed Movie Adaptations 🏎️
Release Date, Cast, Plot, Review, Opinions

Need for Speed Movie Adaptation

Call it “Need for Speed” or abbreviate it NFS, this multiplatform racing videogame series has sold over 150 million copies since the first version “The Need for Speed” was released back on August 31, 1994. 


Since then, 30 different titles have been developed and published by the most notable teams, including EA Canada, EA Black Box, Slightly Mad Studios, Ghost Games, and Criterion Games (developers of Burnout).


  • The Need for Speed (1994 for 3DO, PC, PS1, Saturn)

  • Need for Speed II (1997 for PC and PS1)

  • Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998) for PC and PS1)

  • Need for Speed: High Stakes (1999 for PC and PS1)

  • Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed (2000 for GBA, PC, PS1)

  • Motor City Online (2001 for PC)

  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002 for Gamecube, PC, PS2, Xbox)

  • Need for Speed: Underground (2003 for Arcade, GBA, GC, PC, PS2, Xbox)

  • Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004 for DS, GBA, GC, Phone, PC, PS2, Xbox)

  • Need for Speed: Underground Rivals (2005 for PSP)

  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005  for 360, DS, GBA, GC, PC, Phone, PS2, Xbox)

  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 (2005 for PSP)

  • Need for Speed: Carbon (2006 for 360, Arcade, GC, Mac, Phone, PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox)

  • Need for Speed Carbon: Own The City (2006 for DS, GBA, PSP, Zeebo)

  • Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007 for 360, DS, Phone, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii)

  • Need for Speed: Undercover (2008 for 360, BB, DS, iOS, Phone, N-Gage, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox)

  • Need for Speed: Shift (2009 for 360, Android, Blackberry, iOS, Phone, PC, PS3, PSP)

  • Need for Speed: Nitro (2009 for DS and Wii)

  • Need for Speed: World (2010 for PC)

  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010 for 360, And, iOS, PC, PS3, Win Phone)

  • Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed (2011 for 360, iOS, PC, PS3)

  • Need for Speed: The Run (2011 for 360, 3DS, PC, PS3, Wii)

  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012 for 360, And, iOS, PC, PS3, Wii U)

  • Need for Speed: Rivals (2013 for 360, PC, PS3, PS4, X1)

  • Need for Speed: No Limits (2015 for Android and iOS)

  • Need for Speed (2015 for PC, PS4, X1)

  • Need for Speed: Payback (2017 for PC, PS4, X1)

  • Need for Speed: Edge (2017 for PC)

  • Need for Speed: Heat (2019 for PC, PS4, X1)


Although all games of the series share the same name, their focus changes drastically from title to title. For example, some of them include police pursuits, visual damage, or drifting mechanics. But they all include car tuning, a concept that evolves on every new release.


Due to strong sales, the franchise has expanded into Hot Wheels toys and a film adaptation. 



Everything About Need for Speed Movie Adaptation


Need for Speed movie poster
Source: DreamWorks Pictures and Electronic Arts (EA)


Production, Release Date, and Reception


EA and DreamWorks Pictures worked together to create the Need for Speed adaptation, starring Aaron Paul (known for his role in Breaking Bad as Jesse), playing a mechanic and street racer.

Disney’s Touchstone Pictures helped them release the movie on March 14, 2014, grossing over $200 million in box office worldwide. Mostly received negative reviews and low approval rating (22% based on 182 Rotten Tomatoes users) which stopped the sequel’s production. 


Need for Speed (2004) Trailer


Cast & Characters (Who made Need for Speed?)


  • Aaron Paul (Tobey Marshall)


  • Imogen Poots (Julia Maddon)


  • Dominic Cooper (Dino Brewster)


  • Kid Cudi (Benny Jackson)


  • Rami Malek (Finn)


  • Michael Keaton (Monarch)


  • Harrison Gilbertson (Pete Coleman)


  • Dakota Johnson (Anita Coleman)


Plot/Sypnosis (What is the Need of Speed movie about?)


Instead of focusing on any plot present on any game of the series, they decided to create one from scratch: Tobey Marshal serves prison sentence after being falsely convicted, then plans his revenge against Dino Brewster, the ex-business associate who betrayed him. 


The wealthy traitor receives a notification about what Tobey is going for, so he places a huge bounty on his ex-partner’s head. 



Review & Opinions


If you’re into Fast and the Furious films, then you’ll be interested in Need for Speed as well.


It offers a regular plot and set of characters, with mild development, but is only overtaken by some entertaining action scenes that gearheads might be willing to pay for. Of course, don’t be disappointed to find out there aren’t many exotic cars on it as you might think. 


The reason behind this is that the budget was just a third of what Fast & Furious 6 had. That was enough to also add Michael Keaton and several no-CGI stunts made by the same actors. 


Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times: “In trying for the vicarious varoom of the street-racing video game that inspired it, and no doubt dreaming of Fast success, Speed clocks in at a long two-plus hour and falls painfully short.”


A.O. Scott of The New York Times: “energetic, unpretentious B movie”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.