As Maverick and Goose once said, “I feel the need … the Need for Speed!”
Scheduled to open in theaters on March 14, 2014 is the new racing film Need for Speed from Act of Valor director Scott Waugh. The movie is based on the popular video game of the same name by Electronic artists and was written by John Gatins (Real Steel) and George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau). Produced by Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Pictures, the film’s cast includes Aaron Paul (TV’s Breaking Bad), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Kid Cudi (TV’s How to Make It in America), Rami Malek (Oldboy), Harrison Gilbertson (Beneath Hill 60), Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street), and Michael Keaton (Batman).
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Bonet (Poots) looks like it will save Tobey's shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out west. Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge. He knows his only chance to take down his rival is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car.
I recently had an opportunity to visit director Scott Waugh’s Bandito Brothers offices in Los Angeles (along with several other members of the press) to screen 20 minutes of Need for Speed and speak with Waugh and actor Aaron Paul. While we will be posting our full coverage of the edit bay visit closer to the movie’s release, the project’s first action packed trailer was just released online and we wanted to let you know now what Waugh and Paul had to say about the movie’s practical stunts.
The first trailer for the video game adaptation Need for Speed has plenty of Aaron Paul and lots of the requisite action, with slick supercars going deliriously fast, exploding, rolling, and the like.
What this Need for Speed trailer also has is an unexpected tone.
The first two stills from Need for Speed feature no hot cars, but they do show four familiar actors as characters who are presumably feeling an urge to accelerate.
These first look images show off Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul as the action movie's hero, along with Kid Cudi as an ally and Dominic Cooper and Dakota Johnson as a couple of the villains.
Available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning June 5th is the new American war film Act of Valor directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. The movie is unique in comparison to other Hollywood action films in that it stars actual active duty U.S. Navy SEALs and U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen, rather than real actors. in addition to the U.S. active duty servicemen featured in the film, the movie also stars actors Roselyn Sanchez (Basic), Nestor Serrano (The Negotiator) and Emilio Rivera (Spider-Man 3).
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with Scott Waugh, one of the films directors, at SEALFIT Training Center near San Diego, California to talk about Act of Valor and the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release, as well as his next film Need for Speed, which is an adaption of the popular video game.
The director discussed Act of Valor, its success in theatrical release, audience's reaction to the film, what he learned from working with the SEALs, the current comic book culture, the movie's Blu-ray and DVD extras, the SEAL casting process, the film's authentic dialogue, Chief Dave's remarkable performance, getting the real SEALs to agree to act in the film, how they now feel about being movie stars, Waugh's unique filmmaking process, conformation that Need for Speed will be his next project, making a big car chase film, his favorite all-time car chase movies, and beginning pre-production on the highly anticipated new project.
In addition to speaking with Waugh, Philbrick also had an opportunity to train with real Navy SEALs at the SEALFIT Training Center near San Diego, California and found out first hand what it takes to be a real Navy SEAL!
Opening in theaters on February 24th is the new American war film Act of Valor directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh. The movie is unique in comparison to other Hollywood action films in that it stars actual active duty U.S. Navy SEALs and U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant Crewmen, rather than real actors. in addition to the U.S. active duty servicemen featured in the film, the movie also stars actors Roselyn Sanchez (Basic), Nestor Serrano (The Negotiator) and Emilio Rivera (Spider-Man 3).
IAR's managing editor Jami Philbrick recently had a chance to sit down with the films directors Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh to talk about Act of Valor. The two directors discussed their new film, the benefits and the challenges of using actual active duty soldiers, mixing them with real actors, and the movie's authentic high-octane action sequences.
Synopsis: An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey.
Since the assassination of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEAL Team 6 in May, there has naturally been a resurgence of interest in the badass exploits of America's special operators. Luckily, the new action film Act of Valor was made with unprecedented access to the fighting force itself, and even stars a group of active duty SEALs as a team on a global mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh from a script by 300 screenwriter Kurt Johnstad, the already completed production has just been acquired by Relativity Media, and Act of Valor will provide all the realistic, SEAL-based action that the public demands in 2012.