First announced back in 2013, Sony Pictures’ video game franchise adaptation Gran Turismo has seemingly found a helmer in TRON: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski. The Hollywood Reporter has the news, specifically that Kosinski is in early negotiations. Per the trade, the game series’s lead designer Kazunori Yamauchi has said that the plot will follow a video game player who becomes a racer. That may or may not mean a return to science fiction for Kosinski.
The first Gran Turismo game was released for PlayStation in 1997 and boasted 140 different sport cars and 11 different racing environments. Continuing the most successful game franchise in PlayStation history, Gran Turismo 7 is currently in the works.
The current script for Gran Turismo will be completely rewritten with Kosinski overseeing. Previously, Watchmen scribe Alex Tse had been brought aboard to provide the screenplay.
Kosinksi also recently became attached to direct The Trials of White Boy Rick, based on the true story of a teen drug dealer turned police informant. He’s also loosely attached to a potential TRON: Legacy sequel at Walt Disney Pictures, although it has been quite a while since we last heard an update on that front.
Josh Bratman, Dana Brunetti, Elizabeth Cantillon, Mike De Luca and DeVon Franklin are attached to produce with DeLuca also overseeing for Sony alongside Matt Millam.