Gran Turismo: David Harbor gets behind the wheel of Neill Blomkamp’s adaptation for Sony Pictures

Sony wasn’t kidding when they promised to adapt several of their flagship games into major motion pictures. With adaptations of Ghost of Tsushima, god of war, Days gone by, Gravity Rush, Twisted Metal, The last of us, and more to come, the studio is determined to bring gamers out of their basements and into theaters. Another project Sony Pictures will bring to the big stage is Sony and Polyphony’s Gran Turismobased on the acclaimed racing game that helped redefine expectations for the genre. David Harbor (Stranger Things, Black Widow) is attached to star in the adaptation, bringing an impressive amount of star power to the film produced by PlayStation Production’s Asad Qizilbash Carter Swan, Doug Belgrad and Dana Brunetti.

Jason Hall and Zach Baylan wrote the screenplay Gran Turismo. Meanwhile, Kazunori Yamauchi, who created the game, is producing alongside Hall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gran Turismo is based on a true story. The project is “the ultimate wish-fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional racing driver.” Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie, Elysium) directs and takes the filmmaker outside his science-fiction wheelhouse.

Sony’s Gran Turismo franchise has sold 80 million copies worldwide, with the latest installment, Gran Turismo 7released on March 4, 2022. Despite doing the ultimate Gran Turismo experience in Gran Turismo 7, the game upset dedicated players by introducing a predatory monetization system. Sony quickly tried to quell the complaints and found itself in deeper water than before. While Gran Turismo 7 is a work-in-progress, Harbor is huge news to participate in the film adaptation. Since Paramount’s Sonic the Hedgehog broke the video game adaptation curse, several studios have tried to keep the momentum going. Do you think Gran Turismo want to hit the pavement running? Tell us in the comments.

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