A few weeks ago, Sony confirmed that it was developing multiple TV and movie projects based on some of its most popular IPs, including God of War and Horizon. The company also confirmed a Gran Turismo movie, which has now officially signed on District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. This movie will be based on a true story and currently has a release date of 11 August 2023.
According to Deadline, the live-action movie will simply be titled Gran Turismo. Blomkamp, who was previously in talks to direct, has now been confirmed as director. The screenplay will be written by Jason Hall, who is best known for writing the Academy Award-winning movie American Sniper and Thank You for Your Service.
Sony provided a brief plot description of the upcoming Gran Turismo movie:
“Based on a true story, the film is the ultimate wish fulfilment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver.”
This is likely in reference to the GT Academy contest, which was run by Nissan and Sony between 2008 and 2016. Winners were awarded a place in the Nissan Driver Development Program. However, the movie will likely adapt the story of Jann Mardenborough, a UK racer who previously won the 2011 GT Academy and went on to compete in the GP3 Series, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Japanese Super GT series.
The Gran Turismo movie will be produced by Sony Columbia Pictures and is pinned for a release on 11 August 2023.
Meanwhile, Sony has signed a deal with Netflix to adapt a Horizon television show, with Amazon Prime Video handling the God of War show. A Ghost of Tsushima movie from John Wick director Chad Stahelski is also in the works.