The Gran Turismo movie gets some more details

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When I first heard that Sony and Polyphony were working with Hollywood on a Gran Turismo movie, I had pretty much the exact same reaction as everyone else. Namely me scratching my head and saying “wha-huh now?”. Thing is, Sony may actually have a solid idea here. Because Gran Turismo the movie is going to be a mix of both the game and real life.

First off, a quick bit of background. Ever heard of the Gran Turismo Academy? Thanks to the game actually been pretty realistic, especially when played on a proper rig, a full-on international academy that selects the best players of GT and trains them to use actual real-world cars has been pretty successful.

The GT Academy has churned out plenty of champions, in all manner of racing leagues and events. And for the film, Polyphony Digital’s Kaunori told Destructoid that filmmakers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti will be helping to develop the project, Lucas Ordonez is going to take the center stage, with his personal story of digital to real driving dominating the film.

It’s actually not a bad premise for a film, because everyone loves an underdog. Factor in the common misconception that gaming can do nothing good for you in life, and this film could be a contender for the podium when it eventually releases.

Last Updated: August 22, 2013

Darryn Bonthuys

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    Driving games are silly.
    Where is the shooting? That is bestest

    • John drinks Nuka Cola

      What sport do you watch Fox?

      • FoxHoundR – NO LONGER TROLLING

        Sports are silly and shooting noobs is bestest, like me

        • John drinks Nuka Cola

          Point taken.
          Things are becoming clearer now.

          • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs

            I see the pattern

          • Hammersteyn

            Subtle. I like it.

    • Hammersteyn
    • lans

      Ur silly STFU….Ur head is prime for popping… back to keep you in check you goose. Driving games are silly, No longer trolling ZE GAT!
      You will never be my bestie…>GET OVER YOURSELF!!!

  • John drinks Nuka Cola

    I’m ready to dust my PS3. I’m ready to break my oath of never pre-ordering games again.


      buy xbox one instead!

      • John drinks Nuka Cola

        No. I have a PC. The Xbone can sit on the back of the bakkie here.

        • Admiral Chief Raider of Tombs


  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    It’s all about the game, and how you play it?

    • Kromas

      Don’t hate the game … hate the distributor.

    • Rock789

      It’s all about control, and if you can take it! 🙂

  • Nick de Bruyne

    People need to trust when I say that this movie has a lot of potential. It’s EXACTLY how we all sighed ourselves to death when we heard a Facebook movie was coming out and we all thought it would be some crappy modern version of “you’ve got mail’ with some high school musical actors. But in the end, The Social Network was a really amazing, well written film.

    I know the producers of the Social Network are involved, but dunno how much that will play into it because in the end it really was the writing of Aaron Sorkin (who also did West Wing, Newsroom etc) that really made it special.

    Still there’s real potential of this as a life story, not some video game story.

    • HvR

      Always found Aaron Sorkin is bit of crapshoot, he sets up really great milieus but the actual story can either be great or boring as hell.

      I tend to prefer his movie scripts, hope this is good since there are very few good racing movies.

      • Nick de Bruyne

        If there’s anything Video Game movies need, it’s better characters, and that’s thankfully where Sorkin shines. So I hope they have something like that planned for this.

        • John drinks Nuka Cola

          Exactly. The characters are always either overplayed and come across as morons, or underplayed and they have no presence.

  • Spathi

    LG really needs to get into contact with Ashley Oldfield and do an interview with the guy. He is our GT academy winner.

    • Nick de Bruyne

      Ill pass this on to the guys as well, I really wanna see them do a good interview with him.

    • lans

      I already spoke to Ashley Oldfield u guys are so slow……GT HATES U….I KNOW COZ I REPREENT ITS SOUL. Interview him ALREADY!!!!!!

      Guys he was live a few minutes ago :’C on the nissan facebook page :C


  • Rock789

    Always enjoyed the GT franchise (even though the CPU controlled cars seem to still have the same AI as GT1 on the PSOne – seriously, they don’t actually recognize you as a ‘thing’ on the track! They’d rather just ram you) so will be interesting to see how this movie goes… Could be good, judging by the concept.

  • Jakster

    Expect delays and umpteenth script updates halfway through the movie.

  • Slade Boender

    Do you think its going require another 2gb update that doesnt work before the film starts?

    • John drinks Nuka Cola

      Wow. I hated those.

  • Tidycpc

    My buddy was one of the SA academy top 8 – Robin van Merch

  • Brian Murphy

    I’d been thinking for some time that a documentary about the GT Academy would actually be pretty compelling. I guess this pretty much is that, with a bit of artistic liberty attached. Could be great, hell, if it inspires gamer’s to even greater heights, I’m all for it.

  • lans


    • Brian Murphy

      Cheesy porn? I’m sure there’s some kind of topical cream for that.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        From what I hear it’s a cottage industry.

  • Troll Slayer

    Who would have thunk it that we would get a movie from a arcade racer.

    • lans

      Soo witty!!!….Are you happy for yourself?

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