Joseph Kosinski has entered into early negotiations to direct Gran Turismo for Sony Pictures. The news comes almost a year and a half after the project was first announced back in June 2013, when Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey) signed on to produce. The Hollywood Reporter's sources reveal that Joseph Kosinski is developing a new script with Sony
Alex Tse (Watchmen) wrote an early draft of the Gran Turismo screenplay. Back in 2013, when Alex Tse was writing the script, Kazunori Yamauchi, the lead designer on the Gran Turismo video games, said the movie plot will follow a video game player who turns into a racer. However, since Sony and Joseph Kosinski are working on a new script, it seems unlikely this plot element will be kept in place.
Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing alongside Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti. Mike De Luca, who now serves as Columbia Pictures co-president, is also overseeing the project with Matt Millam. No production schedule was given at this time.
Joseph Kosinski was previously developing another racing project Go Like Hell, but he is no longer attached to the project. The filmmaker is also working on The Black Hole, The Twilight Zone, Archangels and Tron 3, a follow-up to his 2010 sequel Tron: Legacy.