Gran Turismo movie is a thing, really happening

Two days ago, TheWrap reported that Sony's long-running Gran Turismo series would be turned into a movie. It was a rumor that was so bizarre that we decided against reporting it when it broke. Given Polyphony Digital's car racing franchise has never featured a basic shred of story ever, we thought it absurd.

Well, Hollywood sure likes to surprise.

Sony Pictures is definitely working on the film, as a separate Sony representative confirmed development to Joystiq. Attached to the film are producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti, who are currently working on Fifty Shades of Grey.

A Gran Turismo film would help Sony compete in the big-budget car-racing movie genre, which has become the-next-big-thing due to the success of The Fast & The Furious franchise. For example, EA has licensed its Need for Speed brand for a movie, due next year.