‘Gran Turismo’ Movie in the Works

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Gran Turismo Gran Turismo Movie in the Works

The Fast and Furious franchise may be a dozen years old, but the series – which has evolved from an L.A.-based street racing saga to high-speed tales of international intrigue – continues to have an effect on Hollywood’s upcoming slate, especially with the $712 million worldwide box office take for Fast & Furious 6.

Most recently, Sony Pictures acquired Go Fast, an action thriller featuring high-speed boats, for Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow. Now it appears the studio has another project in the pipeline that relies on fast vehicles as its primary selling point.

According to The Wrap, Sony Pictures is developing a film version of best-selling racing video game series Gran Turismo. No director, writer or stars have yet been announced, though Fifty Shades of Grey producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti are handling the project.

Gran Turismo is only the latest project based on automobile video games to enter active development. Films based on the Spy Hunter and Need for Speed video games are also in the works, as is an adaptation of the popular Hot Wheels toys.

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Even with this increasingly crowded marketplace, turning Gran Turismo into a live-action film makes tons of financial sense for Sony. The video game series is one of the biggest Playstation franchise, having sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. This means that brand recognition is sure to provide a marked boost in interest in the project, at least for gamers.

However, in order for Gran Turismo to achieve box office success, Sony will have to aim higher. With so many fast car (and now fast boat) films on the horizon, audiences are sure to become weary of new franchise upstarts and instead save their hard-earned cash for stalwarts like the Fast and Furious films.

The existing Gran Turismo games are little more than race simulators, meaning that the innovation for the film may derive from the way in which it makes moviegoers feel like they are truly in the driver’s seat. This naturally lends itself to a 3D release but hardly offers any hints as to what the story or characters of a Gran Turismo film may offer.

What would you like to see in a Gran Turismo film, Screen Rant readers? Are you looking forward to the film, or is this one too many racing movies on the horizon? Let us know in the comments section below.

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There’s currently no planned released date for Gran Turismo, so stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest as this story develops.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. How the hell is this supposed to work? Does the main character have to start with a 1995 Toyota minivan and complete tests with it? But get so frustrated with having to drive a bunch of crap cars that he leaves and stars in a Forza movie instead???

    • Haha… Nice.

    • Funniest comment I’ve read all day!!

      • I think that describes the experiences of most people who don’t like “tuners” (as they call them) when they try to play those games. :-D

  2. So it’ll be a racing movie that’s bland, utterly devoid of fun and will mainly feature Japanese $#!t wagons that everybody’s least favorite aunt drives?!

    Count me out! :)

    • Tell me about it…

  3. All I wanna know is, do I get a race steering wheel and a shiz-load of $ to pimp out my car while watching the movie?!?

    • If it’s Gran Turismo, the stuff you’ll get to upgrade on your car will be different kinds of exhaust pipes, suspension mechanisms, etc… oh, and horns, don’t forget horns.
      But if you want to pimp out your car with a racing stripe… look elsewhere.
      ;)

  4. Lots and lots of Rocky like montages for the drivers to get better cars. I really hope it has that, only way I can see this working is with the Rocky formula. Rookie driver works his way from humble beginnings and has a shot at the championship against a trash talking foe. All while winning races and getting better cars to buy along the way to glory or failure.

  5. Unnecessary.

  6. if its like how i play gran turismo its crashing into the walls and other cars a lot….

  7. LMFAO!!!
    This is Hollywood at it’s peak of stupidity, and just proves once and for all story means sh*t over a franchise/brand potential for $$$.

    They want to make a movie out of one of the few racing games that actually has NO STORYLINE WHATSOEVER AND NO CHARACTERS??!!?

    They’ve run out of reboots of reboots of reboots so now they’re going after story-less games.
    Next it will be Twinkie! The Movie

    • WRONG.
      Ho-Ho the movie confirmed. 2014 the pastry returns.

      • a movie about Twinkies: Their Rise, Fall and Triumphant Return.

  8. This could turn out to be an interesting project, everyone should stop suddenly breaking this. It could work. If they made it a fictional documentary depicting a real life Gran Turismo event and the drivers. Gave it a unique hand held style of film making. An epic race track scene at the end. A story of true heart and courage of a few brave drivers who dare to enter dangerous grounds. It could really differ from all the driving films we have seen including Fast and Furious. It just doesn’t have to be a movie about the cars but the struggles these race track drivers go through to make it this far.

    • not a bad idea

    • For the most part, the cars in Fast and Furious were cars any of us can go in a and buy and modify.

      You are not going to walk into a dealership and buy a Bugatti Veyron so you can have the same car as 20 other people. Nor could you upgrade Veyron.

      This movie will be heavy CGI Based.

  9. One question: will have dlc and trophies?

  10. When you crash, will you respawn 5 seconds behind the cars that were behind you?

  11. Those cars, in all actuality could never really go around Daytona at high speeds.

  12. Wreck-It Ralph becomes a racer once again in his next movie that will take place in a Gran Turismo game.

  13. Wreck-It Ralph II: Wreckin-It All Day Long

  14. If at the end of the movie, the main character doesn’t win the race, the movie must be restarted.

    • Another brilliant comment. The idea of this movie lends itsel,f easily, to ridicule.

  15. worst possible video game to try and adapt a movie from.

    get in the car

    drive the car

    crash the car

    respawn

    upgrade the car

    get a new car

    repeat process until bored

    trade in game.

    where exactly is there a movie in this?

    • Just……WHY?

    • You’re missing the part where you kick yourself for wasting your money on such a stupid game… ;-)

  16. By the way,
    How about those fictional tracks like Special Stage Route 5 or Grand Valley?
    Those aren’t real tracks so how are they going to find one that looks a lot like those.
    For Special Stage Route 5 it’s probably going to be one of the highways in Tokyo.
    For Grand Valley, ehh… Maeda Corporation is currently making a real life replica of Grand Valley, probably gonna take more years than Nurburgring to build.

    And here are my predictions…

    Starter car: Mazda RX-7 ’97
    Event at start of movie: Sunday Cup
    Car main character uses at last race: Mazda 787B, Toyota Minolta, Audi R10, Pescarolo Sport race cars, and other fast race cars
    Last event: 24 hours of Le Mans

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