A movie adaptation of Sony’s best-selling racing simulator gaming series Gran Turismo has been confirmed, with reports suggesting that District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is in talks to direct. This comes in light of Sony’s announcement yesterday that it plans to turn several IPs, including God of War and Horizon, into TV shows.
As it turns out, the Gran Turismo project won’t be a television show but a movie instead. The adaptation is still in the very early stages of development, but according to Deadline, Neill Blomkamp is in talks to take the director’s chair.
Most already know Blomkamp for directing the sci-fi action film District 9, but he has also done a few other notable projects including the Halo-inspired Elysium, Chappie (though we’d rather forget about that one) and some Halo TV spots for Xbox. It’s a bizarrely random choice for a director, but there might be some potential here if the writing is excellent.
Sony continues to push its IPs into other mediums beyond gaming. Yesterday, the company announced TV adaptations for God of War at Amazon and Horizon at Netflix. This doesn’t include the myriad of other cinematic adaptations currently in development, including a Twisted Metal TV series, HBO’s The Last of Us show and a Ghost of Tsushima movie.
Gran Turismo might seem like an odd choice to turn into a movie, but due to the racing series’ lack of any real story, there’s potential for a decent script to really capture the magic of big circuit racing as well as its many pitfalls and challenges. This could also work against it too. We just hope that it doesn’t turn out to be a case of 2014’s forgotten Need for Speed movie, which wasn’t great by any stretch of the imagination.
Gran Turismo 7 is currently available for PS4 and PS5.