Need for Speed 2 set to be China-US co-production
The follow-up feature film Need for Speed 2 will be a Chinese American co-production. China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures are aligning with Electronic Arts to produce the long-awaited film.
The sequel to the 2014 feature is set to primarily shoot in China, permitting the production to capitalise on the nation’s film tax incentives. The production is preparing to start lensing in the latter part of 2015.
China Movie Channel chairman Yin Cao said: “We are delighted that much of Need For Speed 2 will be filmed in China, and we believe it will include much more Chinese talent and elements.
“This venture is another great endeavour to bridge the cultures between China and the west through films. We look forward to cooperating with excellent films and film-makers to thrill and entertain movie lovers internationally with more outstanding films with Chinese labels.”
The first film, Need for Speed, starred Aaron Paul as a street racer newly released from prison with his eyes set upon vengeance. The film grossed more than $200m worldwide.
China Movie Channel, Jiaflix and 1905 Pictures also worked with Paramount on 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction which subsequently became the highest grossing film of all time in China. The co-production is aiming to generate the same amount of attention for Need for Speed 2.