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'Need For Speed' Sequel Gears Up as Chinese Co-Production

Paramount Pictures is racing ahead with a sequel to last year's "Need For Speed," the 2014 action thriller starring "Breaking Bad" veteran Aaron Paul.

Variety reports the studio will reunite with Entertainment Arts, creator of the video-game franchise on which the film is based, and the Beijing-based venture that helped to produce "Transformers: Age of Extinction" -- China Movie Channel, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures.

As part of the agreement, much of the sequel will be shot in China, with actors from that country cast in significant roles. However, the website notes the production can't proceed until the partnership can secure the film rights from DreamWorks Pictures.

The first film, which starred Paul as a street racer who sets off an a cross-country race to avenge his friend's death at the hands of a rival, grossed more than $203 million worldwide.

 

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