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The Gran Turismo game franchise is one of the best to ever hit the market, it kicked off way back in 1997 on Sony’s Playstation 1 platform and was immediately well-received by the gaming world, but more importantly, the game was an instant hit with real-world automotive fanatics thanks to its realism with regards to the cars, setup, modifications and the soundtrack. Since 1997 there have been many follow-on games with the last official release being Gran Turismo Sport in 2017, but the 8th full game (there have been smaller releases in between) is billed to hit the market during 2023. The worldwide game sales are closing in on the 100 000 000 copies mark, and that equates to silly money. This is good timing because it should hit the market a few months before the billed ETA of the Gran Turismo movie, and the two titles should symbiotically feed off each other to result in massive sales of games and movie tickets alike. When we first heard about plans for a movie version, the first thought we had was that it would be a horrible low-budget affair which would damage the good name of the brand. Luckily as news has been leaking, we’ve come to realise that there’s a rather hefty budget going into the production along with a star-studded cast and a world-class director - SA’s own Neill Blomkamp. We’re officially excited now.

With Neill on the job, we’re pretty much guaranteed two hours of awesomeness because when the man directs a movie he goes all out, and from the short teaser of the Gran Turismo movie it looks on track to be a blockbuster. One of the worst things about automotive movies is the fans, we’re a tough bunch and we like to criticize and look for inconsistencies. I mean look how the Fast & Furious franchise was torn apart even though it did well in the market, cars with fifty-twelve gear shifts just don’t compute, Luckily the movie is based on the GT Academy and that’s a real thing with real cars and so we’re expecting some proper realism and cars that have sounds and handling just like in real life. Then there’s the filming - hot damn! Adding to all of this there’s a cast that features a bunch of brilliant actors like Orlando Bloom, David Harbour, Archie Madekwe, Djimon Hounsou, Darren Barnet and even ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows a little bit of what the upcoming Gran Turismo movie will be like, and we're super happy it's far from a low budget setup because that means we're gonna actually watch it in cinema and not do illegal things: Gran Turismo Sneak Peek (2023) | Rotten Tomatoes Trailers

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