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Sony is reportedly eying District 9’s director for a Gran Turismo movie

A movie adaptation of Sony’s Gran Turismo series is reportedly in the very early stages of development.

That’s according to Deadline, which claims Sony is eyeing Neill Blomkamp, the director of films including District 9, Elysium and Chappie, to helm the movie.

During a business briefing on Thursday, Sony Pictures Entertainment reportedly confirmed that the company was working on TV adaptations of God of War with Amazon, Horizon with Netflix, and Gran Turismo.

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However, Deadline claims the Gran Turismo project is actually a movie adaptation based on the long-running racing series, which is developed by Polyphony Digital.

The franchise, which launched for PSOne in 1997, has sold over 85 million copies to date. The most recent series entry, Gran Turismo 7, was released in March for PS4 and PS5.

Deadline first reported in March that Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions were developing a live-action God of War TV series.

It said the iconic action-adventure franchise was being adapted for TV by The Expanse creators/executive producers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and The Wheel of Time executive producer/showrunner Rafe Judkins.

PlayStation Productions is a studio formed in 2019 by Sony Interactive Entertainment to adapt its original game properties for film and TV in partnership with Sony Pictures.

January’s Uncharted movie was the first major PlayStation Productions project to be released. Starring Tom Holland, the film had a $120 million budget and grossed over $400 million at the global box office.

The studio is also working on a The Last of Us HBO TV series co-written by Chernobyl creator Mazin, a live-action Ghost of Tsushima movie helmed by John Wick director Chad Stahelski, a Twisted Metal TV series from Deadpool’s writers, and a Jak and Daxter adaptation from Uncharted movie director Ruben Fleischer, among other projects.

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