Sony Pictures has teamed up with Polyphony Digital to release a Gran Turismo movie.
This is a dream come true, as fans of the Gran Turismo video game series have been asking for a movie since the first game was launched in 1997.
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The plot is based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, a racing driver who quickly rose to fame after joining the Gran Turismo Academy in 2011.
After beating over 90,000 entrants in the Academy, Jann won the chance to race a real-life racecar at the Dubai 24 hour.
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The GT Academy was created to give virtual racing drivers the ability to prove themselves on a real racetrack.
And Jann successfully made that jump and actually ended up winning FIA-sanctioned races.
The film stars Archie Madekwe as Jann Mardenborough and David Harbour (Stranger Things, Suicide Squad) as Jann’s trainer Jack Salter.
It also stars Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell as Jann’s mother.
Filming began in November 2022 in Hungary and wrapped in December.
The Gran Turismo movie is set to hit the screens on August 11, 2023.
About the Gran Turismo video game series
Polyphony Digital released the first Gran Turismo for PlayStation in 1997.
In addition to the main series comprising eight games, Polyphony Digital has released eight spin-offs and a few limited-edition demos.
The Gran Turismo series is the highest-selling PlayStation franchise with over 90 million units sold.
And it is a big deal for automakers, too.
Through the years, several manufacturers developed crazy one-off supercars specifically for the series.
Even Ferrari made one. In November last year, the Italian supercar maker unveiled the ‘Vision Gran Turismo‘.