‘Stranger Things’ ‘Hellboy,’ and ‘Black Widow’ star David Harbour has been tapped to star in the upcoming ‘Gran Turismo’ film adaption of the video game franchise. The movie is being produced by Sony Pictures and PlayStation Productions with ‘District 9’s Neill Blomkamp directing the film which has a tentative release date of Aug. 11, 2023.
“Based on a true story, the project is described as the ultimate wish-fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won him a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional racecar driver,” The Hollywood Reporter said. “Harbour will play a retired driver who teaches the teen to drive.”
This is the second attempt by Sony to produce a film based on the franchise. In 2013, a film had been announced with ‘Tron: Legacy’ director Joseph Kosinski attached to the project. This version did not move forward and was seemingly abandoned in 2018. This new film was announced to be moving forward in May 2022.
“As one of PlayStation’s longest standing and most beloved franchises, it’s great to be partnering with Columbia Pictures again to bring Gran Turismo to life in an exciting way,” said producer Asad Qizilbash according to THR. “We can’t wait for audiences to see Neill’s vision of this inspiring true story of gamer turned professional race car driver.”
The movie is a dramatized version of a true story of a teen who played ‘Gran Turismo’ and would go on to become a professional racer. In the film, Harbour will play someone who will teach the teenager how to race in these Nissan competitions after he graduates from GT Academy. ‘Thank You for Your Service’ co-writer and director Jason Hall has been tapped to handle the script.
First released in 1997 as a Playstation exclusive, ‘Gran Turismo’ has gone to have seven sequels and received widespread acclaim as a racing game.