The primary trailer for Sony’s Gran Turismo film has arrived – and it already appears to be like extra enjoyable than PlayStation Productions’ first game-to-film adaptation, Uncharted.
Primarily based on a real story, the Gran Turismo movie’s preliminary teaser, which you’ll view under, is understandably crammed with adrenaline-fuelled drama, witty comedy courtesy of Stranger Issues star David Harbour, and many high-octane motion. As certainly one of our most anticipated new films of 2023, it is good to see that the racing-based film does not seem like it’s going to spin out when it arrives in theaters later this 12 months.
Alright, so what’s it about? The title Gran Turismo is synonymous with the racing sim sequence of the identical title and, whereas the online game franchise has a big half to play within the film’s story, it isn’t an adaptation of a sport sequence per se. Here is the official plot synopsis, courtesy of Sony Footage:
“Primarily based on the true story of Jann Mardenborough, the movie is the final word want achievement story of a teenage Gran Turismo participant whose gaming expertise gained a sequence of Nissan competitions to turn into an precise skilled racecar driver.”
Archie Madewke (Midsommer, Voyagers) stars as Mardenborough, the teenage gamer who wins a Nissan-sponsored competitors to satisfy his dream of turning into knowledgeable race driver. Because the trailer exhibits, although, Mardenborough’s fellow racers – together with certainly one of his foremost rivals, who’s portrayed by The Wheel of Time‘s Josha Stradowski, do not take too kindly to a novice bursting onto the scene and attempting to steal their thunder (or their trophies and money prizes).
Understandably, Mardenborough will not be capable of turn into knowledgeable racer with out assistance from these already concerned within the enterprise. Fortunately for him, that is the place The Lord of the Rings alumnus Orland Bloom – who performs motorsport advertising and marketing government Danny Moore – and Harbour, who portrays retired racer Jack Salter, come into the image. It is Bloom’s Moore who units the competitors up and, as soon as Mardenborough wins the prospect to turn into knowledgeable driver, Harbour’s Salter is tasked with coaching him in his bid for glory.
Gran Turismo has been helmed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie). Together with Harbour, Bloom, Madewke, and Stradowski, it’s going to additionally star Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy, Shazam! 2), Darren Barnet (By no means Have I Ever), and former Spice Ladies member Geri Halliwell.
Gran Turismo races into theaters on Friday, August 11.
Evaluation: not Uncharted territory for Sony
It is nonetheless early days within the lifetime of PlayStation Productions, however the Sony subsidiary already has one huge win and one sizeable dud amongst its two-strong roster of live-action diversifications.
The studio’s Uncharted movie carried out nicely sufficient on the field workplace (it earned $401.7 million globally) following its February 2022 launch. Nonetheless, the Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg-starring flick was critically panned upon launch, with journalists and extra informal cinephiles hitting out at its generic plot and motion sequences, even when it was nicely solid. In our Uncharted film evaluation, we referred to as it a “completely innocent journey flick that meets the low bar set by its popcorn premise”.
Then again, The Final of Us TV sequence, which aired on HBO Max between January 15 and March 12, was met with rave critiques and industrial success.
Primarily based on Naughty Canine’s award-winning videogame franchise, the present of the identical title shortly turned among the best HBO Max exhibits of all time (in our evaluation of The Final of Us, we mentioned it was an “imperfect however undeniably trustworthy adaptation of developer Naughty Canine’s era-defining PlayStation title”). So it is little marvel that it has been renewed for a second season, which is because of start filming in late 2023/early 2024.
Sony Footage and PlayStation Productions can be hoping, then, that Gran Turismo is as warmly obtained as The Final of Us, quite than crashing into the racetrack tire-based boundaries that Uncharted did. With three different films, based mostly on PlayStation video games – Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, and Gravity Rush – in improvement, plus three TV exhibits – Peacock’s Twisted Steel, Netflix’s Horizon, and Prime Video’s God of Warfare – Sony and its PlayStation Productions sub-studio can ailing afford to have one other flop on its arms.
For extra film and gaming-related protection, learn our PlayStation 5 evaluation or learn extra about Amazon’s God of Warfare TV present.