movie news website Deadline (opens in new tab) is reporting that director Neil Blomkamp has been attached to Sony’s attempt to release a movie based on Gran Turismo, with an alleged release date of August 11, 2023. It will be a collaboration between Sony’s PlayStation Productions divisions and Columbia Pictures, which previously worked together on the adaptation of Uncharted.
Here’s what Deadline says is the film’s logline: “Based on a true story, the film is the ultimate wish-fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo gamer whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become a real professional race car driver.”
“But Jon,” I hear you say, “Why are you reporting this? Gran Turismo 7 is not on PC.” Well, it’s an excuse to speculate on this point: Sony has been bringing more and more of its exclusive lineup to the PC, and we’re eternal optimists. Traditionally, a Gran Turismo PC release seemed like an impossibility, but we’ve thought the same about God of War, Uncharted, and The Last of Us.
The story is not actually an adaptation of Gran Turismo, a racing simulator that doesn’t really have a story, but is based on GT Academy (opens in new tab)a program from 2008 to 2016 that saw the best Gran Turismo players in the world compete in real-life races for a spot on a racing team.
Several GT Academy winners have gone on to very successful racing careers and are still professional racers today. Any, like many real-life drivers, both present and past, (opens in new tab) also spend time competing in esports tournaments through games like iRacing and Gran Turismo.
As for Blomkamp being involved, well, that’s a little weird. He has so far only made science fiction and horror films. There’s a lot of mechanical technology in District 9 (a mech) and Chappie (Chappie), so maybe it’s well suited to the special effects side of video game driving and real-life car racing.