Driver is racing on television screens.
The driver video game has always been pretty closely related to movies. The original was essentially a gamified version of tire squeal like The Driver, and it had a special “Director” mode for cutting mini-movies of your most outrageous stunt rides. So when you hear that a live-action version of Driver is in the works, the only question is what took so long?
Game studio Ubisoft, the company behind Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed and Rainbow Six, announced a live-action TV show based on the wheelspinning game. It should appear on the upcoming streaming service Binge on the topic of gaming. The new video site has no relationship with the Australian streaming service of the same name, was announced during this year’s E3 and is slated to launch in 2022.
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A film adaptation of the game has been in the works since 2002, with the likes of Paul WS Anderson and Roger Avary developing different versions. So we’ll believe it when we see it, but with a streaming service attached, it actually seems that it can happen.
The first driver game, released for PlayStation in June 1999, had players burn the streets of Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York as the cop turned getaway driver John Tanner. Two direct sequels followed, plus Driver: Parallel Lines, Retro Driver 76, 2011 console game Driver: San Francisco, Driver: Renegade 3D for the 3DS and Driver Speedboat Paradise for iOS and Android.
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