Joseph Kosinski Races To Gran Turismo

In talks to adapt the Sony videogame

Joseph Kosinski Races To Gran Turismo

by Owen Williams |
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Currently more known for sci-fi than the screech of tyres, Tron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is the latest name to be attached to Sony's long-developing Gran Turismo movie{ =nofollow}. He's in talks to direct and to develop a new screenplay for the rubber-burning car racing project.

Last we heard, back in 2013, Gran Turismo had a script by Alex Tse (Watchmen), but that now appears to have been left in the pits while Kosinski rebuilds the film's engine from scratch.

Game developers Polyphony Digital have been making Gran Turismo games for over 16 years now, with the latest in the colossal-selling franchise, Gran Turismo 7, currently in development for the PS4. Like Need For Speed (released last year) it's actually a blank slate for filmmakers, since the games are not story based and feature no human characters.

Need For Speed took its source's cross-country map as its starting point. The direction in which Kosinski's hot wheels will spin remains to be seen,although there's talk of Gran Turismo revving around a gamer who becomes a real-life racer.

The director, of course, squeezed some exciting action out of those Tron light cycles back in 2010, but has been in the market for some more down-to-earth track action for a while. He was previously working on the Ford vs. Ferrari / Le Mans movie Go Like Hell, which had Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise interested until the whole thing stalled.

The Captain Phillips team of Michael De Luca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti are producing Gran Turismo, but there's no start date yet.

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