Sony's Going to Produce a Movie Based on the "Gran Turismo" Video Games
Buckle up (or do something else dramatic and car-related): Sony will be making a movie based off their Gran Turismo racing series. The announcement came during their Gamescom 2013 press conference in Germany.
News concerning the movie, which will be produced by Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca (Social Network, upcoming 50 Shades of Grey), was first reported by The Wrap back in July. For De Luca, this isn't his first time producing a sports film—his previous work includes 2011's Moneyball. As for Brunetti, a Gran Turismo movie is something he's been chasing "for over 3 years," per his Twitter account. This marks the second time this year a popular racing franchise has made the jump to the movies, as EA's Need for Speed is currently in production with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul as the lead. How these two games will translate to the screen is anybody's guess. Need for Speed is an arcadey racer, meaning you can drift across each track at 150+ MPH all day/every day. Gran Turismo, however, is a driving simulation known for its extreme realism. Kazunori Yamauchi of Polyphony Digital, the game's developer, will be assisting with the production. That could be indication that the film will stay true to the franchise's more sophisticated nature, though Hollywood could just as easily turn it into a two-hour version of the opening of Quantum of Solace.