23 May 2012 11:07 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Seeing as Act of Valor was constantly, condescendingly referred to as Call of Duty: The Movie, there’s something — dare I say it? — oddly poetic about this next piece of news. Variety informs us that Scott Waugh, co-director of this year’s surprise action hit, has entered talks to helm DreamWorks’ video game adaptation Need for Speed.

First: There’s no confirmation on a plot, but Real Steel scribe John Gatins and his brother, George, developed an idea that was to the studio’s liking, and the latter sibling is now working on a screenplay. What’s more, the tentative, big picture — to the shock of no one who’s read something about modern Hollywood — calls for a franchise in the vein of The Fast and the Furious. (Need 5.)

If there proves to be any conflict here, it’s one steeped (well, treading) in irony — after all, Waugh has attached himself to High Speed, »

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