According to entertainment outlet Deadline, a film adaptation of Gran Turismo could be in development — amid widespread reports that the racing game series was set to be the subject of a television show.
Sony Pictures initially revealed that Gran Turismo was one of a number of projects involving PlayStation intellectual properties it was working on in a “business segment briefing” on May 26.
While not part of the original presentation, the subject of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s products being turned into films and TV shows came up in a Q&A with Tony Vinciquerra, chair and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Citing the $400m box office returns on the Tom Holland-led Uncharted film, Vinciquerra noted that ten further projects involving PlayStation’s intellectual property were in development.
That includes a TV show based on The Last of Us in partnership with HBO, a Horizon series-based show at Netflix, a God of War program with Amazon Prime and AppleTV, and a Twisted Metal show for NBC’s Peacock.
Vinciquerra then stated “we’re also working on another one, a game called Gran Turismo”, resulting in those reports of a TV show.
Deadline believes that it will instead be a movie, further stating that Sony Pictures is tapping up Neill Blomkamp — director of District 9, Chappie, and Elysium — to take the helm.
This is far from the first time that a Gran Turismo film has been floated. The first reports of such a project date back nine years, with PlayStation boss Jim Ryan confirming a movie based on GT Academy later the same year.
It’s clearly been in development hell since, with a number of different writers and directors reportedly attached to it but no more news in almost four years. The last we heard about it, Kazunori Yamauchi himself stated he didn’t think it was “going to go forward”.
Either way though, we’ll have to wait and see if Gran Turismo comes to the big screen or the small screen, or neither.
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