Sony pictures has announced that production on its upcoming all-star racing film Gran Turismo has officially begun in Hungary. The announcement comes with the release of its first set image, which teases the filming of the film’s exciting racing sequences.
The film adaptation is directed by Neill Blomkamp from a script written by co-executive producers Jason Hall and Zach Baylin. It stars David Harbour, Archie Madekwe, Orlando Bloom, Darren Barnet, Djimon Hounsou, Geri Halliwell-Horner, Daniel Puig, Josha Stradowski and German actor Thomas Kretschmann.
Gran Turismo is expected to follow the story of a teenager with racing ambitions 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. Production begins next week in Europe.
It is produced by Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, Doug Belgrad and Dana Brunetti, with game creator Kazunori Yamauchi producing. The film is currently slated for a theatrical release on August 11, 2023.
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.