Successful racing series heading to the big screen…

Heat Vision is hearing that ‘Watchmen’ screenwriter Alex Tse has been tapped by Sony Pictures to tackle the screenplay for a film adaptation of the bestselling ‘Gran Turismo’ videogame franchise.

Created by Kazunori Yamauchi and Polyphony Studios, the self-proclaimed king of driving simulators has sold over 70 million copies worldwide since its debut back in 1997, earning the title of Sony’s single biggest franchise.

Talking at gamescom, Yamauchi revealed that the film will be inspired by the gamer-to-racer reality series ‘GT Academy,’ which takes the fastest PS3 racers and sees who has what it takes to live the dream as a professional racing driver. At the centre of the story, gifted university student Lucas Ordoñez, who won the inaugural GT Academy championship then graduated to the real thing.

Producers Michael De Luca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti are on board to steer the adaptation, with Elizabeth Cantillon, DeVon Franklin and Hannah Minghella overseeing for Sony.