Gran Turismo Movie: a Trailer and a Date


As some of you may be aware already, a Gran Turismo movie revolving around the now abandoned GT Academy program has been in the making for quite a bit. Well, a trailer has been released today, together with a date: August 11.

The scenario revolves around an apparently extremely romanced version of Jann Mardenborough's story, winner of the second ever edition of the contest, and now established pro racing driver. It will show Jann's life from childhood to being a professional race driver. The movie seems set in current years, which, combined with the fact that characters interpreted by Orlando Bloom and David Harbour don't sport the names of people involved in the program back then, makes the use of Jann's name instead of creating a fictional character a bit weird.

This is supported by the trailer showing footage of the current game, GT7, which has never been used for a GT Academy competition. The game footage itself is taken directly from Gran Turismo 7 trailers, at least from what we can see right now. Outside of gaming and racing, the movie trailer shows we can expect family drama and a love story.

Underwhelming reception​

Overall, reception by the GT community on social is underwhelming, with many expecting a dud and criticising it for the number of clichés already featured in the available footage. The fact that the movie's logo is using an obviously incorrect font compared to the game's logo is also perceived as a lack of implication from Polyphony Digital and a low effort from the production team to get to know the subject.

With a bit more than 3 months before it airs in cinemas, we are curious to know how many of you are planning to go watch it, and what you expect from it.
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Yeah, may be it's a bit of a stretch to judge a movie based on a trailer created to lure the wider public.
What's cliche for you might be a revelation to the wider world that hasn't spend 100s of hours sim racing.
 
Just why? what's even the point of that movie lol
Money...

Movies can be quite profitable if marketed right. Look at the Fast and Furious franchise... its movies are below average, yet its a money making machine.

Sony just investing money and guarantee you, it will return a lot.

Need for Speed movie, another prime example of garbage. Budget = 66 million, Box office = 200 million!
 
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I do hope it's woke with a lot of race-related racing. Ideally, with a protagonist of one colour ('It's not our world, son') and an antagonist of another (ideally blond and middle aged), who the former defeats and shames, therefore teaching a wise, moral lesson to in spite of being an ignorant youth.
 
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Yeah, may be it's a bit of a stretch to judge a movie based on a trailer created to lure the wider public.
That's exactly what a trailer is there for ;)
What's cliche for you might be a revelation to the wider world that hasn't spend 100s of hours sim racing.
Not sim racing or even racing cliches, movie cliches.
  • The son/daughter who wants to live his dream but the parents are against it
  • Being the underdog = coming from an unlikely background (Playing GT in this case)
  • Getting mocked for the background, and not taken for full by the seasoned trainer figure
  • The protagonist still making the team, but just barely
  • The (probably) wealthy and arrogant antagonist
  • The elderly mentor who for no reason believes in the protagonist (and is correct)
  • The protagonist achieving his goals againt all odds in the end

What's missing in the trailer but maybe still in the movie:
  • The love triangle and/or the protagonist coveting the antagonists girlfriend (and getting with her); maybe a split-up in the 2nd act
  • The split second win in the finale of the 3rd act
  • The crash/spin/setback that lets it look like all is lost + the miraculous recovery in the deciding race
  • The nearly fatal accident / accident of the protagonist's best friend
Basically a mix of Days of Thunder + Cars + Slumdog Millionaire + (maybe) a sprinkle of Top Gun.
 
This is so unsettling, can't find the right words...
Don't get me wrong, I really like B-Movies but Gran Turismo? Seriously???
What about ACC, iracing or AMS2?
Sony…. PlayStation… Polyphony Digital… Gran Turismo

Easy to connect the dots on this one
 
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Of all the video games to base a movie on they choose this. This? Why? Why? I am so confused as to just why. Literally thousands of other games with ACTUAL stories. Look at "the last of us" that is awesome. RDR2 is another Prime Example of a possible cross over that would be epicly better than this. It is Gran Turismo... Why?
 
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If this was 15 years old I would fully expect to see this in the discount/clearance rack at my local Grocery Store. You know those really bad D movies they sell for like 5 dollars. This is where this movie belongs.
 
Of all the video games to base a movie on they choose this. This? Why? Why? I am so confused as to just why. Literally thousands of other games with ACTUAL stories. Look at "the last of us" that is awesome. RDR2 is another Prime Example of a possible cross over that would be epicly better than this. It is Gran Turismo... Why?
To be fair, it's not based on a game, but on GT Academy.
 

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