Gran Turismo: The Journey from Gaming to Real-Life Racing on the Big Screen

Get ready for the ride of your life as the popular racing game franchise, Gran Turismo, revs up for its big-screen debut! Owen Gower, gaming expert and journalist, takes you on a thrilling journey behind the scenes of the highly anticipated film.


  • Official Gran Turismo movie trailer revealed at CinemaCon 2023
  • Real-life story of a gamer turned professional race car driver
  • Directed by Neill Blomkamp, featuring an all-star cast
  • Set to release on August 11, 2023
  • More Productions

Start Your Engines: Gran Turismo’s Inspiring Story

Based on a true story, the Gran Turismo movie follows a young gamer whose father (played by Djimon Hounsou) disapproves of his gaming habits. The protagonist, guided by Orlando Bloom’s character, transitions from gaming to real-life racing, facing skepticism and challenges along the way. Despite the odds, the young gamer earns a spot on a real , proving the value of his gaming skills.

A Star-Studded Production Team and Cast

Directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and written by Jason Hall (American Sniper) and Zach Baylin (King Richard), the film stars David Harbour, Archie Madekwe, Orlando Bloom, and Darren Barnett. Harbour portrays a retired driver who teaches the young protagonist to race.

Gran Turismo’s Journey from Game to Screen

With over 80 million copies sold worldwide, Gran Turismo is a celebrated racing game franchise developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Known for its realistic graphics and physics engine, the game has even been used as a training tool for professional race car drivers.

A Growing Trend: Gaming Adaptations

The Gran Turismo movie is just one of many gaming adaptations in the works by PlayStation Productions, a studio formed in 2019 by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Other projects include adaptations of “Ghosts of Tsushima,” “Horizon Zero Dawn,” and “God of War,” all in early development stages.

The Lucrative Gaming Industry

The global video game market, valued at USD 152.1 billion in 2019, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9% from 2020 to 2027, according to a report by Grand View Research.

Gran Turismo: A Legacy of Racing Excellence

The movie’s story resonates with the real-life Nissan GT Academy program, a collaboration between Nissan and Sony that allows gamers to compete for a chance to become a real-life race car driver, exemplifying the connection between Gran Turismo and the professional racing world.

Update at 3:08 - 31/07/2023
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