'Watchmen' Writer Hired for 'Gran Turismo' Video Game Adaptation
Over the summer, we learned that Columbia Pictures was going after their own fast-paced racing franchise to compete with the likes of Fast & Furious and the forthcoming Need for Speed by turning the video game Gran Turismo into a movie. The Social Network producing team of Michael De Luca, Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, fresh off the Oscar hopeful Captain Phillips, are behind the film, and now the project as an intriguing writer. THR reports Alex Tse, the man who brought the seemingly unadaptable graphic novel Watchmen to the big screen, will be writing the film, but plot details are currently being kept under wraps.
Gran Turismo joins Hot Wheels (set up at Universal) as a developing car franchise based on existing intellectual property, clearly hoping that the action genre and a recognizable name will get butts in the seats. The video game is known for being a realistic racing game (frustratingly so sometimes), so it's not clear what kind of story will bring the game to cinemas, but Tse did an impressive job bringing the challenging Watchmen to theaters for director Zack Snyder, even if the result wasn't perfect. Tse is also working on remaking The Crow, adapting the video game Ninja Scroll and rewriting the Highlander remake. We're definitely interested in seeing what Tse can do with this, but we're not excited just yet.