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A Gran Turismo movie will arrive in 2023

Sony has confirmed a  movie is in the works and it’s slated to arrive sooner than many folks may have expected. Its Columbia Pictures imprint will release the film on August 11th, 2023. District 9‘s , who is far from a stranger to the , is directing. American Sniper scribe Jason Hall wrote the screenplay.

The movie is based on a true story, as  reports. It will tell the tale of a Gran Turismo player who gets a shot at becoming a professional racecar driver. For several years, players had a path to real-life motorsport through the .

This is the latest example of Sony adapting its gaming franchises for the big and small screen. That’s become a bigger priority for the company over the last few years under its PlayStation Productions banner.

Shows based on and have been in the works for a while, and Sony recently revealed Horizon and God of War adaptations are respectively. The company at long last released earlier this year, while a movie is in the pipeline. Sony also mentioned that a Gran Turismo TV show is in development, but it’s unclear whether that’s still going ahead after the movie announcement.

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‘Uncharted’ movie trailer plays Nathan Drake’s greatest hits

Sony is finally releasing an Uncharted movie after trying to make one for over a decade. If you need more evidence that the film actually exists beyond a snap of Tom Holland in Nathan Drake’s classic attire, here’s the first trailer.

Even though Holland plays a much younger version of the character (which Mark Wahlberg’s Sully jokes about in the opening moments) than in the games, the enjoyable-enough trailer incudes some of the most memorable moments from Drake’s globe-trotting adventures. There isn’t a bit where he clambers up a train carriage that’s dangling over a cliff, but there’s the cargo plane set piece from Uncharted 3 and a ship trapped inside a cave, just like in Uncharted 4. The clip includes some underground exploration too.

The film’s set to arrive in theaters on February 18th, following several delays. Attempts to make an Uncharted movie stopped and started over the years, with directors including David O. Russell, Seth Gordon and Shawn Levy being attached at certain points before Zombieland and Venom helmer Ruben Fleischer saw the film through. The project had been in development for so long that, for a while, Wahlberg looked set to play Drake, rather than the character’s mentor.

Some viewers might be coming to the franchise with fresh eyes (maybe because they need more Tom Holland in their lives), and they might want to play the games to see what all the fuss is about. Sony Pictures included a handy reminder at the end of the trailer about a remastered bundle of Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy that’s coming to PlayStation 5 and PC in early 2022.

In case the trailer doesn’t quite match up to what you might have expected, or Holland doesn’t seem like the right person for the gig in your opinion, it’s worth checking out this short fan film from a few years back in which Nathan Fillion plays the rogueish treasure hunter. It’s a blast.

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Fortnite x Dune crossover arrives days ahead of movie premiere

Fornite‘s next big crossover involves the new Dune movie, which is set to hit theaters and the HBO Max streaming service in a couple of days. The movie’s two main characters have arrived on the battle royale island alongside related emotes and other goods, giving fans of both products the chance to bring the two together.

The crossover isn’t a big one, at least in comparison to some past Fortnite crossovers involving Marvel and DC. Players can grab the Dune characters Chani and Paul Atreides as skins in the Fortnite Item Shop. There’s also some other gear, plus an emote, based on the popular science fiction movie.

The Paul Atreides outfit comes with a masked style variant. Joining the skins is the Ornithopter Glider, which is based on the movie’s multi-winged combat ship, plus there’s the Fremkit Back Bling, Chani’s Satchel Back Bling, Twinblade Pickaxe based on the Atreides warriors’ weapons, and the Maker Hooks Pickaxe based on the item used to ride sandworms.

Speaking of sandworms, Epic has had some fun with this crossover — notice the sandworm for the Fortnite island is based on the Fishstick character for a fun twist on the fantasy creature. The Fishstick sandworm is featured in the video below, which shows the Sand Walk emote.

Finally, the crossover comes with a new Dune loading screen (featured in the image above), including the two characters, the Battle Bus, and the Fishstick sandworm. Head over to Fortnite‘s Item Shop to grab the gear now. Dune the movie, meanwhile, will premiere on October 22 in the US, including on IMAX screens and the HBO Max streaming service.

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The ‘Borderlands’ movie is done filming

It’s a wrap for the Borderlands movie production, now that the cast and crew are done with principal photography. To celebrate the event, Gearbox and Lionsgate have released our first clear look at the movie version of the franchise’s sassy, mouthy robot Claptrap. They’ve only shown us images with silhouettes of the characters before this, but now we have a high-res photo of Claptrap with a clapper board announcing that the filming is done.

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In the movie based on Gearbox’s first-person shooter franchise, Cate Blanchett plays Lilith, a treasure hunter who returns to her home planet of Pandora. To find the missing daughter of Atlas (described at the the universe’s most powerful S.O.B.), she teams up with Roland (Kevin Hart) who was once a highly respected soldier, pre-teen demolitionist Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt) and her musclebound protector Krieg (Florian Munteanu), Tannis (Jamie Lee Curtis) the scientist and Claptrap (Jack Black) the sassy robot. “These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power,” the movie’s synopsis reads.

Lionsgate announced that Hostel director and Inglourious Basterds star Eli Roth will direct the Borderlands movie adaptation in early 2020. The project has been in development since 2015, but production didn’t officially start until late last year. Now that filming is done, all we can do is wait for a premiere date and hope that the movie will do the games justice.

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Rift Apart looks like a Pixar movie and plays like a charm

Hey, listen; it’s the middle of summer, my apartment is boiling, I don’t want to be stuck inside writing this review. I’m going to assume you don’t want to be stuck inside reading it either, so I’ll cut right to the chase: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is great.

I’ve been a Ratchet fan since the original games back in the PlayStation 2 era and there hasn’t been a single instalment in the series that I haven’t enjoyed. This latest one is no exception. It’s everything you want from a Ratchet game, and it looks like a fucking Pixar movie.