The feature film based on Sony’s popular racing franchise Gran Turismo may have a director. Joseph Kosinski, who directed Oblivion and Tron: Legacy, is in talks to direct the movie according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.
You’re probably wondering what sort of plot a movie about a game without a plot could have. Kazunori Yamauchi of Polyphony Digital (the studio behind the Gran Turismo series) previously suggested the film would be about an avid racing game player that later goes on to become a real-world racer.
Perhaps the film will be more of a documentary as that plot line has already played out in real life through GT Academy, but I digress.
Columbia Pictures co-president Michael DeLuca will serve as a producer along with Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Sources say Kosinski has been itching to direct a racing movie for quite some time. He reportedly spent a few years working on a movie based on the book Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt were interested at one point but things never materialized so Kosinski moved on.
Need for Speed, one of the gaming industry’s earliest and most successful racing franchises, was the focus of a 2014 film by the same name. It starred Aaron Paul as an auto mechanic that takes to street racing to avenge the death of a close friend. Unfortunately, the film was a bust at the box office. With any luck, the Gran Turismo adaptation will be much better.