With filming currently underway on the project, David Harbour teases the Gran Turismo movie will be very visceral. Based on Polyphony Digital’s racing sim video game franchise of the same name, the upcoming film marks the first proper incarnation of the Gran Turismo property to make its way to the screen, scheduled for an August 2023 release. Sony previously attempted to adapt Gran Turismo to screen with Top Gun: Maverick’s Joseph Kosinski in talks to direct and co-write with Alex Hse, only for RED writers Jon and Erich Hoeber briefly to be brought on board to write, before it all came crumbling down.
In a recent interview with Collider to discuss Violent Night, David Harbour offered an update on the Gran Turismo movie. The actor not only confirmed production was underway on the game adaptation, but praised director Neill Blomkamp and his “visceralness”. Check out what Harbour shared below:
Unlike many other video game adaptations before it, the Gran Turismo movie will take a more true-life-based approach to its story, being based on the former GT Academy in which game players were offered the opportunity to head to a racing camp held at Silverstone, United Kingdom. Various graduates from the tournament program went on to participate in and win major real-world racing competitions, though the British GT would later bar four of them, due to a perceived lack of real-world experience, and the program quietly scrapped in 2016. The Gran Turismo movie specifically will see Harbour starring as the coach of a main teenage GT Academy graduate as he helps him learn how to drive a real car.
The cast for the Gran Turismo movie has continued to grow in the two months since Harbour was brought on to lead the roster, with Midsommar and See alum Archie Madekwe set to play the unnamed teen character. Joining the two are Shazam! Fury of the Gods’ Djimon Hounsou and Geri Halliwell-Horner as Madekwe’s character’s parents, Naomi’s Daniel Puig as his brother, The Wheel of Time’s Josha Stradowski as the teen’s rival, and Dracula vet Thomas Kretschmann as his father. Rounding out the Gran Turismo movie’s cast is Pirates of the Caribbean alum Orlando Bloom, though the details of the former Will Turner actor’s role are currently being kept under wraps.
Given director Neill Blomkamp is better known for his work in more mature territory with the likes of District 9, Elysium and Chappie, it’s understandable he would be bringing a more visceral approach to the Gran Turismo movie, as teased by Harbour. However, with the film also expected to be an inspiring story of a young competitor reaching their dreams, one can hope the Demonic director is better able to balance the darker tone he’s used to with the lighter nature of the video game adaptation’s plot. Only time will tell when Gran Turismo hits theaters on August 11, 2023.