The coming Gran Turismo the film adaptation has found one of its stars, with David Harbor set to star in the upcoming film.
According to The Hollywood ReporterHarbor will star in the film as a retired driver who helps teach a teenager with aspiring dreams to drive as they enter a series of Nissan competitions on their way to becoming an actual professional racing driver – a true story on which the film is based on.
The report also mentions that Sony Pictures has circled a date for the film, aiming to release the adaptation on August 11, 2023. “As one of PlayStation’s longest-running and most beloved franchises, it’s great to partner with Columbia Pictures once again to bring Gran Turismo to life in an exciting way,” PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash said in a statement. “We can’t wait for audiences to see Neill’s vision of this inspiring true story of gamer turned professional racer.”
Originally published in 1997 Gran Turismo franchise has gone on to become one of the most popular racing video game properties of all time, known for its meticulous level of detail and realism. Gran Turismo 7 is the latest game in the franchise, releasing on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in March of this year. The game received high scores from the critical press and impressed fans with its attention to detail and extensive game options. It was criticized for the grinding needed to get its vehicles, but Polyphony Digital has slowly addressed these concerns.
Sony’s stable of gaming properties is making strides in Hollywood as part of a renewed push for video game adaptations on TV and the big screen. Uncharted hit theaters earlier this year and, despite some lukewarm reviews, it was over 400 million dollars at the box office. Sony is also adapting The last of U.S, Horizon Zero Dawnand Twisted Metal in TV series.