Video game adaptions turn out so well, don’t they? There was… that one. Then there was the other one. Don’t forget Bob Hoskins as Mario, too! The track record is almost flawless. That doesn’t stop them trying. Next up is a film adaptation of Playstation’s Gran Turismo racing game series.
Shooting in Budapest, Hungary, closed last week and cast and crew have been sharing messages about the production. Director Neill Blomkamp wrote in a social media post:
“That’s a wrap! For someone who loves cars as much as I do, I never thought I would direct a film centered around them. Had an amazing time shooting this, thanks to all the incredible cast and crew who made it come together. Flying out of Tokyo now to start thinking about editing.”
Orlando Bloom stars as a motorsport marketing executive. He also posted:
“This was fun from start to finish in any weather. Grateful. Mad respect for Neill Blomkamp, his crew, and the stellar cast he brought together.”
The plot will be inspired by a true story… and The Last Starfighter. Archie Madekwe stars as a young Gran Turismo player whose skills at the game were translated to a series of challenges that meant he won a coveted place as professional racer.
In real-life, Jann Mardenborough won the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition in 2011, earning the chance to take part in professional racing. Backed by Nissan, he has since competed extensively in sports car racing and completed one season in single seaters; he’s finished with a class podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours and as runner-up in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand.
As part of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver development programme, he will race for Arden International in this year’s GP3 Championship, one of the most important feeder series for Formula One.
The cast is rounded out by David Harbour as his wise driving mentor, Djimon Hounsou and ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell-Horner as his parents, and Daniel Puig as his brother.
The game franchise is now 25 years old and has been a fixture on the Sony Playstation across all of their consoles. Gran Turismo lands in cinemas on August 11th 2023.