Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy) is in early talks at Sony Pictures to helm an adaptation of Playstation’s hit video game, Gran Turismo. Sony has been developing the film for a few years now with Watchmen scribe Alex Tse previously attached to pen the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kosinski will develop a new script with the studio. Michael Deluca and Dana Brunetti, who most recently hit box office gold with 50 Shades of Grey, are set to produce with Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin, and Elizabeth Cantillon.
Kosinski’s had his mind set to a racing film for a while, and most recently he attempted to reunite Interview with the Vampire co-stars Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in the car-racing drama Go Like Hell. However, there’s been no word on the project in over a year, and his involvement in Gran Turismo indicates it never got off the ground.
Stylistically, Kosinski a perfect fit for Gran Turismo, but as Matt pointed out when we first got word of the project, the game is light on story elements, focusing instead on the coveted cars, and a film adaptation is in danger of turning into a two hour car commercial. With Kosinski’s eye and commercial directing background, that’s definitely a cause for concern. No doubt though, if this project comes to pass, Kosinski is going to turn out a fantastic looking racing film. I just hope there’s some story there to back it up. Not that a racing film needs to have an oscar-winning script to be enjoyable, but you want to be more Fast and Furious and less Need for Speed.
Last year we heard Kosinski was looking to step out of his sci-fi/action wheelhouse to helm the true crime drama The Trials of White Boy Rick for Universal Pictures. He’s a slick director, and it would be exciting to see what his visual style might bring to a story with a little more meat than his fun but flighty sci-fi fare, so hopefully that project is still in the works.