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Sony gives green light to Gran Turismo movie

Feature film adaptation of racing franchise has entered development, 50 Shades of Grey producers attached

Need for Speed isn't the only driving game heading for the big screen. According to Hollywood blog The Wrap, Sony Pictures has begun development on a film project for its long-running racing sim Gran Turismo.

The only names attached to the project so far are producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who are also co-producing the upcoming adaptation for 50 Shades of Grey along with the best-selling book's author E L James.

The report included no mention of a release date for the Gran Turismo movie. The next installment in the game series, Gran Turismo 6 for the PlayStation 3, is expected to release this holiday season.

Previous attempts to bring racing games to theaters have generally crashed and burned. Midway inked Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to appear in a Spyhunter film, but the movie stalled and Johnson only lent his likeness to 2006's would-be game adaptation, Spyhunter: Nowhere to Run. Midway tried again with Vin Diesel signed to appear in both the game and movie versions of Wheelman, but once again, the film project stalled. Ubisoft would eventually acquire the game out of Midway's bankruptcy and see it through to release in 2009.

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Latest comments (15)

Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
Of all the properties Sony has this is probably the worst one they could use to try and make a movie.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
NO. NO. NO. NO.... and what the f**k? Sony. Put that money into the games. This is a REALLY damn bad idea. Fifty Shades of Stupid. And by the way, those damn unsexy books are past their sell date, so that film will bomb as well...
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
Well, I thought those rumours of a pac-man movie were genuinely daft, but this gets it.
Maybe we can look forward to a 3 hour epic based on Fruit Ninja or Breakout next?
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 3 years ago
In 1993 I went to see the Super Mario Bros movie when it was launched in America. 104 wasted minutes.

What separates video gaming from all other IP entertainment is that it is interactive and non linear.
So taking a non gaming IP to a game is a fail. And vice versa.
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
GT is a game where you kind of make your own plot.

If they can capture the journey and challenge a racer faces then perhaps it can make a good film. I think just about anything has potential, you just need imagination and strong direction.

This also presents a good opportunity for Sony to market themselves, in film and games simultaneously. I feel the idea behind a 'Gran Turismo Car' is even cooler, just a shame these projects would be unlikely to coincide...
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Rafa Ferrer Localisation Manager, Red Comet Media3 years ago
Oh goodie, and then we'll get the GT: The Movie: The Game like we did back in the 90's with Street Fighter. Can't wait.
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Eoin Moran Studying Bachelor of Engineering, University of Melbourne3 years ago
So the first 90 minutes will be him just rocking up to club days in his Honda Civic.
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Andrew Watson Tools Programmer 3 years ago
@Andrew Goodchild
Maybe we can look forward to a 3 hour epic based on Fruit Ninja or Breakout next?
Well we're already getting an angry birds movie, so it couldn't get much worse...
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Keldon Alleyne Handheld Developer, Avasopht Ltd3 years ago
Yeah, let's just hope it doesn't star Chris Brown and centre around the conflict between his love for driving fast cars and supporting the University basket ball team!

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Keldon Alleyne on 25th July 2013 10:17am

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Sounds like a bad move, but what if they just happened to churn out something like Days Of Thunder. Maybe Drake becomes the new Cole Trickle!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Sandy Lobban on 25th July 2013 11:23am

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Maybe they liked the Initial D fun
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game3 years ago
@Andree Watson

But at least I can understand that more. It may not have much backstory, but it has the basis of one that although simple, could appeal to the young target audience, along with some recognisable characters. Watching it, even if it is bad, it will be recognisable for what it is, as long as some cute angry birds try to get eggs back from green pigs.

But Gran Turismo is race an average car, win and get a slightly better car. Keep doing that until you have a very very fast car.
So any plot is irrelevent to source material, at least Need for Speed has illegal street races and cop chases.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
This is nothing more than production by spreadsheet. "Hey, Sony, what is your highest selling IP? We'll make it into a movie."

It really could not have been any more scrutiny than that.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
@Adam: You're ALWAYS that guy with the glass half-full, huh? Admirable, that's for sure. You must be quite young. I used to be just like that but aging and seeing stuff like this fail hard has taught me well. Still, bottle a pint of that optimism and keep in in your freezer - you'll need it once you hit 40...

@Jim Webb: Yup, it's the only way I can see this getting the go-ahead. Hell, I can't think of a single racing film that "works" outside of the two almost great flawed ones (Gran Prix, Le Mans) where the RACING was more fun to watch than the actors and the less that was spoken, the better.

Hell Le Mans has something like 20 minutes or so before an actor opens his mouth and even then, the rest of the film is so minimalist in terms of dialog that it could be a documentary with some more editing out of the acting stuff and more racing footage added...
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
@Adam: You're ALWAYS that guy with the glass half-full, huh? Admirable, that's for sure. You must be quite young. I used to be just like that but aging and seeing stuff like this fail hard has taught me well. Still, bottle a pint of that optimism and keep in in your freezer - you'll need it once you hit 40...
I guess I am but I tend to have a high success rate ;)

As far as I'm concerned the glass is at least partially full. I don't write anything off until its proven a failed model or idea, the fact of the matter is, this film is going ahead and it doesn't have to be a failure in terms of content or in terms of success. That is completely down to the factors I mentioned.

I can see why Sony are doing it and at the same time, we probably shouldn't forget that is is just one successful property with a movie in the works or at the very least in discussion from Sony.

Give me 10 more years, 20 years and I'll still be as optimistic. I've seen plenty of successes, hard failures and surprises in my time. Will never change my optimism or open mindedness, the future is what you make of it...
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