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EA and China want to make another Need for Speed movie

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Fans of Aaron Paul and Electronic Arts' Need for Speed racing game series may get a cinematic sequel to 2014's Need for Speed movie. EA hopes to make Need for Speed 2, thanks to the involvement of some Chinese partners, and maybe score a little of that Fast & Furious money.

Variety reports that EA has teamed up with China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures to make a second Need for Speed movie, which is planned to be filmed partially in China.

"We are excited to work with EA, one of the world's most recognized creative companies," said Yin Cao, chairman of China Movie Channel, in a statement. "We are also delighted that much of ‘Need for Speed 2′ would be filmed in China, and we believe it will include much more Chinese talent and elements."

Need for Speed didn't fare well with critics, but according to Box Office Mojo, the movie grossed more than $200 million worldwide. China was a big part of that box office take: Chinese moviegoers contributed a reported $65 million to the film's global take.

One thing potentially holding up a Need for Speed sequel is that studio Dreamworks currently holds the rights.

EA does plan to ship at least one Need for Speed sequel this year. Developer Ghost Games is working on a new entry in the franchise after giving Need for Speed a year off.

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