A classic video game series becomes a movie. Will it be a classic? HAS any has the video game already become a classic film?
It is Gran Turismo, based on the long-running PlayStation racing game series. By The Hollywood Reporterthe film is due out in theaters in less than a year, and will star stranger things‘ David Harbor in one of the lead roles. Technically, from the description, it’s not exactly a direct adaptation of the games, which are racing simulators, but a movie based on a true story about a particular kid who has played the game:
Based on a true story, the project is described as the ultimate wish-fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo gamer whose gaming skills earned him a series of Nissan competitions to become a true professional racing driver. . Harbor will play a retired driver who teaches the teenager to drive.
I don’t know that true story the movie is supposed to be based on, but it seems like a potentially more fruitful avenue for a story than making a movie about a guy who drives really fast in a car.
the original Gran Turismo Game debuted in 1997 on the very first PlayStation console. The series has sold tens of millions of copies over the past 25 years; the most recent payment, Gran Turismo 7, was released in March of this year. This film adaptation will be directed by Neill Blomkamp, formerly of District 9, Elysiumand Chappy. The screenplay for the film was written by Jason Hall and Zach Baylin. No other casting has been announced at this time.
Gran Turismo is set to open in theaters on August 11, 2023.