Gran Turismo Movie Confirmed for August 2023, Based on GT Academy

According to multiple movie outlets, Sony has confirmed that the long-rumored Gran Turismo movie is set to premier on 11 August 2023.

As previously reported the Gran Turismo film — likely to be called “Gran Turismo” — will be directed by Neill Blomkamp.

It’s a strong name, with Blomkamp also responsible for highly acclaimed films like District 9, Chappie, and Elysium, though this will be his first video game adaptation if it finally reaches the silver screen. Blomkamp previously worked with Peter Jackson to make a film based on Microsoft’s Halo, but the project collapsed in 2007.

Sites like The Wrap, Deadline, and ScreenRant all carried the news simultaneously, further noting that Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper) would be penning the film’s script.

The plot overview for Gran Turismo should sound pretty familiar to any long-term fans of the game. As reported by the various outlets, the story will center on “a teenage Gran Turismo player whose gaming skills won a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver”.

That sounds almost word-for-word like the story of Jann Mardenborough. Mardenborough won GT Academy in 2011, aged 19, and went on to an impressive career in motorsport which included driving the ill-fated Nissan GT-R LM Nismo in the top class at Le Mans in 2015.

It’s also been the rumored plot since the film was first announced back in 2013, although it’s been through quite a few directors and writers in the intervening nine years. PlayStation’s Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan are set to produce the film.

We don’t know anything just yet about filming schedules or any trailers for the movie, but watch this space for more.

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