Reports and rumors trailing Sony’s investor briefing held yesterday had suggested that PlayStation Productions was working on a new show based on Gran Turismo. Sources with Deadline have now clarified that the project based on Polyphony Digital’s iconic racing franchise is actually a movie, and that Neill Blomkamp, the director behind District 9, Elysium, and Chappie, is being eyed to direct. The project is in very early development and nothing is known about its plot yet, but the movie will presumably trace the journey of a race car driver as they seek to go pro and/or win a championship. Polyphony Digital released the latest installment of the franchise, Gran Turismo 7, on March 4, 2022. The cross-gen title has garnered massive controversy for what critics claim are excessive microtransactions.
There is a rich history behind the game, created by Polyphony and Kazunori Yamauchi in 1997 and hailed as one of the most authentic driving simulator in its class for its focus on precise graphics, driving physics and attention to detail of its cars, which players would build and race. The series has sold more than 85 million copies, with the most recent edition, Gran Turismo 7, hitting shelves in March for PS 4 and PS 5.