Sony’s Gran Turismo film is in production and is set to hit theaters next year

Gran Turismo Movie In Pre-Production Based On Popular Racing Game - Report

The video game Gran Turismo is slated to hit the big screen next year, with a new movie that will tell the true story of a gamer-turned-professional racer.


Sony has announced that it has started filming the Gran Turismo movie – inspired by the legendary racing game franchise – which aims to tell the story of how a teenager went from playing video games to becoming a real racing driver.

Gran Turismo is the second best-selling racing video game in the world – behind Need speed – with Sony having sold more than 80 million copies of its various generations of PlayStation gaming consoles since 1997.

during a Gran Turismo film was originally announced in 2013, the project never seems to have evolved. A Gran Turismo The film project resurfaced in May this year when foreign reports claimed it had finally been given the green light for next year’s release.



In a post on a social media platform TwitterSony Pictures – the US-based film division of the Japanese company – has confirmed that filming has started on the long-awaited movie.

As previously reported, the Gran Turismo Film is based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough – a British teenager who won one Gran Turismo Video game competition to earn a chance to race in real life.

In 2011, Mardenborough competed against more than 90,000 other players in games supported by Nissan and Sony GT Academy competition, with the then 19-year-old winning the grand prize of driving for the Japanese automaker in the (real) Dubai 24 hour endurance race.



The Brit has since raced in several real-world racing championships, including the open-wheel GP3 and GP2 series (the road to Formula 1) and Japan’s Super GT touring car competition.

Above: Jann Mardenborough in 2015

Mardenborough is played by Archie Madekwe, while Hollywood stars Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) and David Harbor (stranger things) were also cast.

Sony has confirmed Gran Turismo is directed by Neill Blomkamp, ​​whose previous work includes district 9 and Elysium.



Theatrical release of Gran Turismo Film is scheduled for August 11, 2023.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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