With 25 years of history, the Gran Turismo video game series needs no introduction to anyone who pays even just a little attention to automotive or gaming news, and the brand is going to reach a much wider audience through the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster under the same title.
Sony Pictures has unveiled the first sneak peek video of the Gran Turismo movie earlier this month, just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The film is based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, a teenage Gran Turismo player from Britain whose gaming skills made him the winner of the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy, and became an professional race driver through this competition.
Directed by Neill Blomkamp, the film stars Archie Madekwe (best known for Apple TV+ series See) as Mardenborough, and features David Harbour, Orlando Bloom and Darren Barnet among others. The shooting involves Sony’s iMax compatible Venice 2 cameras and its Rialto extension system, which detaches the sensor from the camera and enables filming inside very tight spaces such as the cockpit of Le Mans prototypes. The film crew could also simulate the angles often seen in the game and some other exciting POVs. With gaming series creator Kazunori Yamauchi serves as one of the executive producers of the movie, we expect the spirit of the game will be properly carried forward to the big screen with all the adrenaline pumping actions.
Gran Turismo will be in cinemas from 11th August.