PlayStation Productions is beginning to get its feet wet a bit in the movie industry. Despite varying reactions to the film itself, the studio’s Uncharted touts over $380 million at the worldwide box office. Up next, the studio will produce a new feature based on the wildly popular video game Gran Turismo. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Stranger Things star David Harbour is on-board to lead the cast of the film.
District 9 director Neill Blomkamp has signed on to helm the film with a script by Jason Hall (American Sniper) and Zach Baylin (King Richard). Additionally, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan from PlayStation Productions will serve as the film’s executive producers with Sony Pictures handling distribution with a release date set for Aug. 11, 2023. Per the initial report, the project follows the true life story of a teenage Gran Turismo player who wins a series of Nissan competitions to become an actual professional race car driver.
Developed for PlayStation systems, Gran Turismo debuted in 1997. The game is designed to emulate the appearance and performance of a large selection of vehicles, most of which are licensed reproductions of real-world automobiles. Selling over 85 million units, Gran Turismo is the highest-selling video game franchise under the PlayStation brand.
David Harbour recently joined the Marvel family as Red Guardian in Black Widow and will reprise the role in Marvel’s upcoming team-up film Thunderbolts. Additionally, Harbour recently reprises his role as Hopper in the critically acclaimed fourth season of Stranger Things. Up next, Harbour will star alongside Anthony Mackie and Jennifer Coolidge in Netflix’s We Have A Ghost.
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