Sony Hires ‘Watchmen’ Writer For ‘Gran Turismo’ Film Adaptation

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 22nd, 2013 at 12:20 pm,

Gran Turismo 6 Screenshot Sony Hires Watchmen Writer For Gran Turismo Film Adaptation

What’s hot right now? Race car movies. What’s going to be hot in the near future? Video game movies. Put them together and you get Disney and DreamWorks’ Need For Speed adaptation which saw a brand new trailer release this week, perfectly timed in between this years super successful Fast & Furious 6 and next year’s rushed release of Fast & Furious 7.

It’s not just the popular Electronic Arts video game franchise attempting to branch out to theaters and cross-promote with their latest game (Need For Speed: Rivals). Sony wants in on the action too,  using the Gran Turismo video game series as its recognizable brand.

Adding to the list of PlayStation related video game adaptations in development (see: Uncharted), Sony Columbia Pictures is planning  a feature film based around the worldwide hit Gran Turismo simulation racer franchise by developer Polyphony Digital. Just like NFS timing news with its latest game release, Gran Turismo 6 hits store shelves in two weeks and Sony is seemingly timing news on the movie to capitalize on the buzz.

A few months ago news broke that Fifty Shades of Grey producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti were tapped to develop Gran Turismo for Columbia Pictures but at the time no writer was attached. THR has the scoop that Alex Tse, co-writer on Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, is going to be penning the Gran Turismo screenplay.

Gran Turismo is an interesting intellectual property for Sony’s film division to mine ideas from since unlike Need For Speed, it’s never attempted to tell or story or introduce characters in its games to date. In fact, it doesn’t really have a niche type of car to focus on since the games include everything from Rally and Touring Cars to Formula 1 and Super Cars. The last game in the series, GT5 featured over a thousand vehicles.

With films like Rush seeing critical success and Fast & Furious 6 making big bank at the box office, we can see why industry juggernauts Disney and Sony are attempting to capitalize. Even Hot Wheels is becoming a movie! With so many video game properties in development hell though, it is fascinating that it’s the car games getting a lot of attention this year.

Other PlayStation exclusive game franchises getting adaptations in early stages of development include Uncharted - which failed once already to get off the ground with David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg involved, and later with director Neil Burger - along with Shadow of the Colossus and God of War - the latter two of which are in the hands of other studios.

What would your Gran Turismo game be about and what cars would you feature in it?


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  1. i don’t get it…is it gonna feature car salesman? or some guy buying cars and racing around the world?

    • Maybe some dude waiting five years for the game to come out… and then playing it another five to see all the cars.

  2. Of all the games that could be perfect for a movie, they choose this….why?

    • Probably because you can capitalize on the brand and you can tell ANY story with it, really.

  3. Does nobody that produces movies play video games? Out of all the incredible games I’ve played with incredible stories, they’re choosing Need For Speed and Gran Turismo to adapt?

  4. Gran Turismo: The Movie.
    This is a joke right?

  5. As far as I’m aware, this won’t just be a literal game-to-film adaption, but it’ll tell the (true!) story of a guy that was good at Gran Turismo, joined the GT Academy and then went on to become a professional racing driver. I’m not sure it’ll be as incredible as Rush was (I’m an F1 fan, so massively biased) but it might not be the trainwreck I expected when it was announced.

    • Well, that could actually work, especially since Lucas Ordonaz and Jan Mardenborough (the second and third GT Academy winners) have turned out to be extremely good drivers notching up podiums at Le Mans and both started out in front of the TV.

  6. Hey Need For Speed movie is made by Dreamworks not Disney.

    • Disney does distribution and handled our visit to the set to see the stunts. I updated to clarify.

  7. First of all ‘Need For Speed’ The Movie looks like complete GARBAGE. How about Road Rash movie or OUT RUN the 1986 SEGA arcade classic!? Where is the love???

  8. I will be a happy man if the Infamous game series gets a movie and is done well.

  9. OH cr@p! The word Grand Turismo is on THIS movie! Better give them my money!

    Seriously though, why adapt something that isn’t even known for having an interesting story? (When I think Grand Turismo, I think of it as a ‘realistic’ racing game. That’s it’s strong suit. How does that translate into something worth paying 10 dollars to see when every movie has realism it buy virtue of it being live action???) I’d rather see a car movie based on an original idea. Seeing something named after a game of nebulous properties screams: DO NOT PAY TO SEE THIS FILM.

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  11. I would LOVE to see a WipEout Pure (or Pulse) movie.