Watchmen scribe Alex Tse will write Gran Turismo film adaptation

The genre writer will tackle the adaptation of the PlayStation racing franchise.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Tse has been tapped to write the feature film adaptation of Sony's Gran Turismo racing franchise.

Columbia Pictures, which is producing the movie, has yet to reveal any details about its plot or when it will hit theaters.

Tse has been and is currently involved with a number of geeky screenplays that overlap with a lot of gamers' interests. In 2009 he and David Hayter (who was, coincidentally, the voice actor for Solid Snake) co-wrote the screenplay for Zach Snyder's adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen. This year, he wrote the script for Battling Boy, an adaptation of a graphic novel by Paul Pope. He is also writing the remake of the sci-fi cult classic, Highlander, and a live-action adaptation of the Ninja Scroll anime.

Hollywood has been scrambling for brand names they can turn into racing movie franchises ever since the success of Fast Five, which grossed $626,137,675 worldwide and Fast & Furious 6, which grossed $788,679,850.

Touchstone pictures is set to release an adaptation of Electronic Arts' Need for Speed (staring Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul) in March 2014, while Legendary Pictures is developing a movie based on the Hot Wheels toy cars.

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Just because Watchmen wasn't very good doesn't mean the writing wasn't. Still, no matter how good the writing for this movie is or how good it is overall I won't be seeing it. I just don't like racing games and even more I don't care for movies based on that. I can't seem to give a shit about fancy fast cars because that all seems so trivial and pointless when you boil it all down. All that matters to me is if my car gets me from point A to point B. Not to mention the douchebaggery and materialism that goes along with fancy fast cars.

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um, how about making a movie based on a game that has an actual story that people care about? i mean, are you serious? *rolls eyes*

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@KimCheeWarriorX Another female rolling her eyes, what a surprise. And Gran Turismo has no story to speak of whatsoever.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> good thing im not a female or else i wouldve taken offense to that. plus that reference was mostly towards an already existing racing game series made into a movie, need for speed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sorry about that. I guess I should look at things from other people's perspective before I jump the gun and stop assuming things.

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Well at least there's not much you can do to screw up a racing movie. Just make it fast, dumb, and flashy. They can't do what they did to the Super Mario Bros movie where Bowser was just a dude and goombas were huge mutants in trench-coats and the world was all weird and futuristic.

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I wonder if, like the game, Some of the movie will be in high def while most of it is low quality.

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Where's my Bejeweled movie???

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In what way did he write the screenplay for Watchmen? The entire film is simply a copy of every single frame of the novel scene for scene, word for word.

How do you write something that is already written?

Other than that he's helped rewrite a few extremely poor films, but hey, at least he's not been given a beloved franchise that actually has a plot.

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NO. just NO. Of all the games that could be made into a movie this is NOT one of them. Please reconsider.

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cars and slutty girls set to awful music.

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Um… a game with literally no narrative being translated into a movie.. a medium that is driven Entirely by its narrative…

Something smells like cynical marketing executives had their grubby fingers in this pie. Yuck.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> yeah because they couldn't come up with a story right? last time i checked Resident evil films haven't really stuck to the story from the games or the super mario movie.... when that story was written they must have been on some good drugs because that was just awful

but yes you are right there are better choices to make a movie from, there is ofc a small chance that something good could out of this note i said small chance

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<< LINK REMOVED >> this is gran turismo we're talking about. it has the same amount of story as games like pong have: none. there's absolutely nothing you could fit into a movie that would have any direct connection to gran turismo apart from the name

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, it seems to me like a wannabe cash in while Fast and Furious is still running, why I don't know.

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What? The Gran Turismo adaptation to film? Isn't that just any car-racing movie ever? Unless the movie involves nothing but a single faceless/nameless individual spending hours getting his S class licenses and then buying a few hundred cars, taking them to the car wash, changing the oil, and, finally, racing his beetle for the achievements, I call Shenanigans!

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Bad choice. Watchmen the movie was a shot by shot copy of the graphic novel, which by my standards is awesome, but that only proves the screenwriters had no frikin clue how to write an original and different story.

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Well apart from the changes they made to the ending.

To be fair at least somebody has to actually write something considering Gran Turismo has no plot.

Not that it isn't a rather gross marketing decision stinking to high haven of desperation on the part of Hollywood.

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But Gran Turismo has no plot besides you are a driver who participates in races. It's a driving simulator.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Apparently it's more of a documentary and this is not a joke.

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That live action ninja scroll movie sounds promising. I don't enjoy racing games or movies so this news does not apply to me.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>= Fast And Furious ?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yup, and that's also why it will have virtually no connection to the game :).

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Yeah their pretty much just buying a name for an established fan base it would seem.

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It's about a guy that starts his career with 10.000$ for a car. Starts racing and winning to buy a new one, also while getting different licenses for races.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Close. It's about this real guy that became pro race driver after playing Gran Turismo. Or so I've heard.

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Most games to movies fail beyond terribly, so who thought it would be a wise idea to make a movie of a game...that has no story!? Seriously, just watch any form of racing on the T.V. and that's as close as you're going to get. Not only that, but GT is a simulator so it already copies real life. So it's a film based on a game based on real life? That just tells you to set your expectations really really low.

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No, Just No I fail to see how a RaCING SIM can even remotely translate to movie,90% of all game turn to movies all faill miserably and are nothing more then a cash grab

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The horror...

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"Scribe"? Fuckin hipster talk. Just say "Watchmen screen writer to work on shitty Gran Turismo film"

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What a hipster comment. I was saying this type of thing before it caught on and became main stream.

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and apart from cars, we still have no idea what this films plot could possibly be about

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@PayneKiller We kinda know. There were news about it, but I get why no one actually cares about it. And you'll be even more put off by this. Apparently the movie is about a real life guy who became a professional race driver after playing Gran Turismo. The End. No, seriously, that's it, no joke.

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Remember people. They made a movie about Battleship. They'll slap together anything with a marketable name as long as they think there's money to be made, regardless of the fact that Gran Turismo is literally about nothing but cars.

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sure, why not, make a movie based on game with NO STORY, no lore, no gameworld, no nothng, NOTHING, only name.

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It would be more entertaining than battlefield 4's single player story.

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what.. the... ****?

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Page 1: Vroom vroom vroom
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<< LINK REMOVED >> All the Oscars! Give him all the Oscars!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> A heartbreaking work of staggering genius. 10/10.

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WTF!? Please don't make a dumb movie out of a racing game, They're already ruining NFS

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not sure you can blame a movie for ruining NFS at this point

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@Diegoctba where is Motorstorm ? Grid ? Ridge Racer ? Split Second ?

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