The upcoming Gran Turismo film adaptation has found one of its stars, with David Harbour set to star in the upcoming film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harbour will star in the film as a retired driver who helps teach a teenager with aspiring dreams to drive as they enter a series of Nissan competitions en route to becoming an actual professional race car driver — a true story that the film is based on.
The report also mentions that Sony Pictures has circled a date for the film, aiming to release the adaptation on August 11, 2023. “As one of PlayStation’s longest standing and most beloved franchises, it’s great to be partnering with Columbia Pictures again to bring Gran Turismo to life in an exciting way,” said PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash in a statement. “We can’t wait for audiences to see Neill’s vision of this inspiring true story of gamer turned professional race car driver.”
Originally released in 1997, the Gran Turismo franchise has gone on to become one of the most popular racing video game properties ever, known for its meticulous level of detail and realism. Gran Turismo 7 is the latest game in the franchise, releasing on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in March of this year. The game received high scores from the reviewing press and impressed fans with its attention to detail and its expansive gameplay options. It was criticized for the grind needed to get its vehicles, but Polyphony Digital has slowly been addressing those concerns.
Sony’s stable of gaming properties is making headway in Hollywood as part of a renewed push for video game adaptions on TV and the big screen. Uncharted hit theaters earlier this year and, despite some tepid reviews, made over $400 million at the box office. Sony is also adapting The Last of Us, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Twisted Metal into TV series.